David prayeth for remission of sins, whereof he maketh a deep confession.
Psalms 51:1 To the Overseer.A Psalm of David, in the coming in unto him of Nathan the prophet, when he hath gone in unto Bath-Sheba. Favour me, O God, according to Thy kindness, According to the abundance of Thy mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Psalms 51:2 Thoroughly wash me from mine iniquity, And from my sin cleanse me, Psalms 51:3 For my transgressions I do know, And my sin [is] before me continually. Psalms 51:4 Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, And done the evil thing in Thine eyes, So that Thou art righteous in Thy words, Thou art pure in Thy judging. Psalms 51:5 Lo, in iniquity I have been brought forth, And in sin doth my mother conceive me.
He prayeth for sanctification.
Psalms 51:6 Lo, truth Thou hast desired in the inward parts, And in the hidden part Wisdom Thou causest me to know. Psalms 51:7 Thou cleansest me with hyssop and I am clean, Washest me, and than snow I am whiter. Psalms 51:8 Thou causest me to hear joy and gladness, Thou makest joyful bones Thou hast bruised. Psalms 51:9 Hide Thy face from my sin. And all mine iniquities blot out. Psalms 51:10 A clean heart prepare for me, O God, And a right spirit renew within me. Psalms 51:11 Cast me not forth from Thy presence, And Thy Holy Spirit take not from me. Psalms 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, And a willing spirit doth sustain me. Psalms 51:13 I teach transgressors Thy ways, And sinners unto Thee do return. Psalms 51:14 Deliver me from blood, O God, God of my salvation, My tongue singeth of Thy righteousness. Psalms 51:15 O Lord, my lips thou dost open, And my mouth declareth Thy praise.
God delighteth not in sacrifice, but in sincerity.
Psalms 51:16 For Thou desirest not sacrifice, or I give [it], Burnt-offering Thou acceptest not. Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit, A heart broken and bruised, O God, Thou dost not despise.
He prayeth for the Church.
Psalms 51:18 Do good in Thy good pleasure with Zion, Thou dost build the walls of Jerusalem. Psalms 51:19 Then Thou desirest sacrifices of righteousness, Burnt-offering, and whole burnt-offering, Then they offer bullocks on thine altar!