A Prayer of Repentance
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
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.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
David had sinned greatly against Bathsheba and Uriah but he doesn’t even mention them in this passage. He understood his sin was against his redeemer. That salvation and forgiveness for his sin was the only way to have true joy.
David understood the following:
1.The cure of sin
~God is merciful & kind (v1)
~God is the only one who could cleanse his heart (v1-2)
2.The certainty of sin
~He had to face and admit his sin (v3)
~He couldn’t ignore his sin (v3)
~Sin requires punishment (v4)
~Part of our human nature (v5)
~Lack of faithfulness and wisdom (v6)
3. The consequences of sin
~Morally corrupt (v7)
~Loss of joy (v8,12)
~Physical manifestations (v8)
~Embarrassed and weak soul (v9-10)
~Distance from God (v11)
4. The charge after sin
~Teach others what’s right (v13)
~Worship of a Holy God (v14-15)
~Broken and contrite heart (v17)
You see in this passage that God desires us to be faithful in our inner being, and he wants to give us spiritual wisdom (v6). God never leaves us alone to fight against sin. He doesn’t want us to appear clean on the outside and do the religious acts in hopes to please him (v16). God wants our souls to be right and he finds pleasure in those who pursue righteousness. God’s hatred for sin hasn’t changed over time.
Repent of your sin and move forward in your worship of God!
Davids narrative is found in 2 Samuel 11-12
With Great Love & Truth