For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Our Heavenly Father,
We bow our hearts in humbleness this morning, for You are an Almighty God, the Creator of all. You came down into the Garden of Eden to walk with the first man and woman in fellowship with them. Their sin separated them from You, and You cast them out of the Garden. In that moment, sin entered the human race. We are all born sinners, separated from a Holy God. The penalty for sin is death.
But through Your Son, Jesus Christ, You made a way for us to be reconciled to You. His death on the cross, an unblemished sacrifice, paid the penalty for our sin. Your gift to us is Eternal Life. We are made clean through the blood of Jesus, our sins being blotted out forever. Our hearts are made pure by Your Holy Spirit.
We lift our hearts and hands to You, O Lord, and ask that You will help us to walk in that newness of life today. May we find the strength we need to let go of yesterday’s sins and strife. Restore joy to our hearts and to our relationships with others as we walk in obedience with Your Word.
In Jesus’ name we pray,