| 1 ¶ <<To the chief
Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after
he had gone in to Bathsheba.>> 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 mine 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 thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
- Have mercy David offers no excuses.
1 - Lovingkindness Compare ps036.
1 - Blot out That is, from God's record. ex3232, is4325, is4422, ac0319.
2 - Wash me thoroughly Literally, "multiply to wash me" ge4911, ex1910.
4 - Against thee ... only He recognized his sin against Uriah and Bath-sheba but acknowledged his ultimate guilt against God. Compare 2sa1213, ge3909.
| 5 Behold, I was shapen
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.
|Shapen in iniquity A recognition of the human tendency toward evil since Adam and Eve chose to follow Satan. ro0715.|
¶ 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.
- Purge This and the next few verses
are requests we may also make of the Lord.
10 - Compare ez3625ff.
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.
- Cast me not away The Lord does not want to throw us out
but we need to continually seek His presence mt1128,29.
12 - Joy ... salvation The gift of salvation is possible and joyful because Jesus opened the way re1401-3.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, 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 shew 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 a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
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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