Overview

Psalm 51 serves as a model for genuine repentance, composed by David after his sin with Bathsheba. It begins with an urgent cry for mercy and forgiveness, acknowledging not just specific wrongdoings but a sinful nature from birth. David doesn't make excuses but pleads for a clean heart and renewed spirit. He expresses his willingness to teach others God's ways after experiencing grace. The psalm ends with a plea for the restoration of Jerusalem, linking personal repentance to communal well-being. Throughout the chapter, the focus is not just on being forgiven, but on being changed, with the ultimate goal of resuming a joyful, vibrant relationship with God.

Psalms 51

1  (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.) Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

🔑 Devotion

13  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14  Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15  O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18  Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19  Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

End of Psalms 51


1 Year Plan:  May 3 - 1 Sa 25, 1 Sa 26,  Ps 50, Ps 51 [next day]

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