Book of Psalms
Psalm 50: 1-20 www.drbo.org
Miserere. The repentance and confession of David after his sin. The fourth penitential psalm.
Unto the end, a psalm of David,When Nathan the prophet came to him after he had sinned with Bethsabee. Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity. Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.
To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayst be justified in thy words and mayst overcome when thou art judged. For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me. For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within my bowels. Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit. I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee.
Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice. O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise. For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
–David was a man of God, he found favor with our Lord and yet he sinned. David was given to temptation and his heart was filled with grief knowing he had offended God, Our Father.
Do we have a chance. We are not as righteous as David and we are facing extreme bombardment by temptations. It gets harder each day to tell the differences from right and wrong. Yet, GOD forgave David and He forgive us. What does God require of us to forgive us in all of our many sins? “A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” All of us feel this when we know we have offended God and are ready to make amends for our sins.
God wants to welcome us all home. He doesn’t want to miss a soul.