A Prayer for Restoration
For the choir director. A Davidic psalm, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba. # 2Sm 12:1
1Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion. # Is 43:25; Ac 3:19
2Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin. # Is 1:16; Jr 33:8; 1Jn 1:7,9
3For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me. # Ps 32:5; Pr 28:13; Is 59:12
4Against You — You alone — I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight. # Ps 41:4
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge. # Rm 3:4
5Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me. # Jb 15:14; Ps 58:3; Rm 5:12-13
6Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
and You teach me wisdom deep within. # Jb 38:36; Pr 2:6; Ec 2:26
7Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. # Lv 14:4,49; Nm 19:18; Is 1:18
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed rejoice. # Ps 35:10; Is 38:13
9Turn Your face away # Lit Hide Your face from my sins
and blot out all my guilt. # Jr 16:17
10God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast # Or right spirit within me. # Ps 24:4; Mt 5:8; Jms 4:8
11Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me. # 2Kg 13:23; Is 63:10-11; Jr 7:15
12Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit. # Or and sustain me with a noble spirit # Ps 13:5
13Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You. # Ex 33:13; Ps 25:4; Jr 2:33
14Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, # Ps 26:9
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness. # Ps 35:28; 71:15
15Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise. # Ex 4:15; Ps 9:14
16You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
You are not pleased with a burnt offering. # 1Sm 15:22; Ps 40:6
17The sacrifice pleasing to God is # Lit The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart. # Ps 34:18
18In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;
build # Or rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. # Ps 69:35; 102:16; 147:2
19Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar. # Ps 4:5; 66:13,15; Mal 3:3