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Faith Filled Friday – Psalm 51

August 3, 2018

In Bible study class we’re reading Psalm 51. This is a penitential psalm. David pleads for forgiveness and cleansing (vv. 1-2), confesses his guilt (vv. 3-6), prays for pardon and restoration (vv. 7-12), resolves to praise God (vv. 13-17), and prays for the continued prosperity of Jerusalem (vv. 18-19). The psalm elaborates David’s confession of his sin with Bath-sheba (2 Samuel 11-12, esp. 12:13).
In verse 2 we discussed whether or not “throughly” was a typo or not. Maybe David meant for God to wash him thoroughly through.

1 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 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 they sight: that thou might be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shaped 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.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, 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 show 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 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.

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