This was a psalm David wrote after Nathan the prophet confronted him about being with Bathsheba.
Verse 1 – Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Verse 2 – Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Verse 3 – For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Verse 4 – Against You, You only have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight-that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
If you remember the story when Nathan came to David, he used a story of a pet lamb that some rich man took. According to scripture David did not relate what he had done with Bathsheba to himself until Nathan said, “The man is you!”
Until someone acknowledges their wrong doing, they will never change. David acknowledged his sin but didn’t realize at that time the consequences would follow him his entire life.
David was not blind to knowing he committed adultery and then murder. We know when we do wrong also. If someone points it out, don’t try to reason it away.
God forgives and so do the people you have wronged, but they may never forget how you made them feel when you did the wrong to them.
Verse 5 – Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
Verse 6 – Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Verse 7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
The present day hyssop was not known in biblical times. This plant David speaks of was probably the Syrian Marjoram. When David asks God to cleans him with the hyssop, he was remembering when the Israelites dipped a hyssop branch in blood and wiped their door post so the death angel would pass them by.
Verse 8 – Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which You have broken may rejoice.
Verse 9 – Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Verse 10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Verse 11 – Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
I’ve heard too many preachers tell a Christian, that is born again, to pray what David wrote, here. When someone does that, that tells me that they don’t understand that David was under the law of Moses.
As Christians, when we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, our past present, and future sins are forgiven. We are given a “New Spirit”, the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to beg God not to take the Holy Spirit from us. He’s there, living on the inside of us never to leave, just like Jesus said.
Verse 12 – Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your generous spirit.
Verse 13 – Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.
David felt as though a wedge had been driven between himself and God. We too can feel at times, as though God is far from us.
Whenever you feel this way, get in God’s Word, because it always reassures us He’s right there. We all need that reassurance of the joy that comes with knowing God is on our side in order to tell others of our Saviors love. Don’t let the enemy make you guilt conscious, because it will destroy your joy in the Lord.
Verse 14 – Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
Verse 15 – O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Verse 16 – For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offerings.
Verse 17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart – these O God, You will not despise.
To have a contrite heart is to first acknowledge your wrong, sin, because this takes a humble heart. It takes someone humble to admit they have wronged another. And until we humble ourselves with acknowledgment, we will never change. God says to humble our-self under His mighty Hand and in due season He will exalt us.
Verse 18 – Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem.
Verse 19 – Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for the whole worlds sin. Just remember when we have the right attitude and humble ourselves in His presence, He will love on you like you’ve never been loved on before!