1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
17 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Psalm 51: 1-4, 7, 17
If ever there were a psalm that all Christians could truly identify with – a psalm that could just bring you to your knees in submission, it is Psalm 51. David penned this psalm after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba. David had some tawdry ways, but one thing you could say about him, he knew how to speak to God – he knew how to repent of his sins. When you read these words you cannot help but internalize them, realizing that your sins make you unclean, unworthy and unrighteous! When you can cry out to God to have mercy on you because of your iniquities, when you can ask God to cleanse you and purge you and have compassion on you, then you are just where He wants you to be. Sometimes we can walk around as if we are so clean, as if we are so worthy of God’s blessings – especially when others are pumping us up -but we must come to God humbly – with a broken and contrite spirit. My pastor’s wife taught me a very valuable lesson about humility. I’ve watched as others have praised her and adorned her with gratitude and appreciation and I’ve seen tears come to her eyes as she stated, “Whatever good you see in me, that’s God, everything else is me!” I’ve adopted that saying because truly we all have to realize that God is being merciful and gracious to us when He blesses us and even when He uses us for His glory. It is nothing that we deserve or could ever merit. God is not interested in our so called “sacrifices” – we give Him our time, our talent and our money (and we should) but our attitude can sometimes be that we have done something to boast about – what God really wants from us is the recognition that without Him – nothing- we must come to Him with humble hearts, a broken spirit, and a gratitude of praise. Please read the entire Psalm and bless God for His unfailing love in spite of us! Candie A. Price