For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. (HE BROKE GOD'S LAW)
5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (Sin is always close by!)
6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Origanum syriacum; syn. Majorana syriaca, bible hyssop, Biblical-hyssop, Lebanese oregano or Syrian oregano,
is an aromatic perennial herb in the mint family,
The Bible mentions hyssop several times, mostly in the Old Testament. In Leviticus, God commanded His people to use hyssop in the ceremonial cleansing of people and houses. In one example, God tells the priests to use hyssop together with cedar wood, scarlet yarn, and the blood of a clean bird to sprinkle a person recently healed from a skin disease (likely leprosy). This act would ceremonially cleanse the formerly diseased person and allow him to reenter the camp (Leviticus 14:1–7). The same method was used to purify a house that had previously contained mold (Leviticus 14:33–53).
Hyssop is also used symbolically in the Bible. When the Israelites marked their doorposts with lamb’s blood in order for the angel of death to pass over them, God instructed them to use a bunch of hyssop as a “paintbrush” (Exodus 12:22). This was probably because hyssop was sturdy and could withstand the brushing, but it also likely signified that God was marking His people as “pure” and not targets of the judgment God was about to deal out to the Egyptians.
8Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. b (Can sin rob you of joy and gladness? Can a sinner go from brokenness to rejoicing?)
9Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.(A reoccurring theme.)
15When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
16Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
17Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. a Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
18“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.(The problems on the inside, so many blame outside events or others for there Sin)
11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.(Restore Joy, Joy can return!!!)
13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.(Testify)
14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.
16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.(ot in actions but )
17My sacrifice, O God, is b a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.(The heart is the problem)
18May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Brian Warth was sucked into the gang violence of Los Angeles. His older brother was shot dead at age 15.
Brian was gunned down by a rival gang at age 14. Then at 16, Brian was arrested for murder and sentenced to life in prison.
He was crushed by hopelessness until he surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ.
After 16 years, God touched then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to free Brian.
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Footnotes:a 1 In Hebrew texts 51:1-19 is numbered 51:3-21.
b 17 Or The sacrifices of God are