The Lord has been relentlessly laying Psalm 51 on my heart each day for weeks. First, He was guiding me to read it each day. Then, He brought other people to me sharing wisdom from the beautiful Psalm. And, then finally I began meditating on it and thinking about it in my own words…something I love to do with Psalms. I love the simplicity and rawness of this Psalm. David is so honest and vulnerable about his sin and his need for God. I also love how the Lord takes our confessions, cleans us up, and then uses us to love and teach others.
I am so sorry for turning away from you, God.
Please forgive me by your great mercy and love.
Clear away all my sin and ugliness.
Wash away my wickedness.
For I know my sin is evident, and the worst is that I have sinned against you, Lord, and gone against your commands.
I was sinful from my first breath, born of sinful parents.
Certainly you want faithfulness for me — deep down in my heart.
You enable me to understand what is truly wise.
Grant me a supernatural cleansing from the inside out so that I am as pure as new fresh snow.
Let my heart receive your joy,
Let the weight of my sin give way to your forgiveness.
Turn your face from my sins and look on me in your grace and mercy.
Out of nothing, make my heart pure, O God, and renew a faithful spirit in me.
Do not separate me from you or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Revive me with the joy of your salvation and give me a humble spirit to carry me.
Then I will be able to help teach other sinners about you and they will turn back to you.
Save me from my punishment, O God, the God who saves me.
I will sing of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my mouth and your praise will flow out.
You do not desire for me to bring you an earthly, material sacrifice.
The sacrifices you desire from me are a broken, humble spirit and a remorseful heart.
O God, You will delight.
In spite of my failures, have mercy on my family and bless them.
Provide a hedge of protection around my family, keeping evil out.
We will let you in to humble hearts and offer you endless praise.