We know your abundant love is enough to wash away our guilt.
Because your compassion is so great,
take away this shameful guilt of sin.
Forgive the full extent of our rebellious ways,
and erase this deep stain on our conscience. [Ps.51:1-2 ]
For we are so ashamed.
We feel such pain and anguish within us.
We can’t get away from the sting of our sin against You, Lord!
Everything we did, we did right in front of you, for you saw it all.
Against You, and You above all, have we sinned.
Everything You say to us is infallibly true
and Your judgment conquers us. [Ps. 51:3-4 PT]
Lord, we have been sinners from birth,
from the moment our mothers conceived us. [Ps.51:5 ]
We know that You delight to set Your truth deep in our spirits.
So come into the hidden places of our hearts
and teach me wisdom. [Ps.51:6]
Wash us in Your love until we are pure in our hearts. [Ps.51:7 ]
Satisfy us in Your sweetness, and our song of joy will return.
The places within us You have crushed
will rejoice in your healing touch. [Ps.51:8 ]
Hide our sins from Your face;
erase all our guilt by Your saving grace. [Ps.51:9 ]
Create new clean hearts within us.
Fill us with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. [Ps.51:10 ]
May You never reject us!
May You never take from us your sacred Spirit! [Ps.51:11 ]
tasting joy in every breakthrough You bring to us.
Hold us close to You with a willing spirit
that obeys whatever You say. [Ps.51:12 ]
Then we can show to other guilty ones
how loving and merciful You are.
They will find their way back home to You,
knowing that You will forgive them. [Ps.51:13 ]
O God, our saving God,
deliver us fully from every sin,
even the sin that brought us bloodguilt.
Then our hearts will once again be thrilled to sing
the passionate songs of joy and deliverance! [Ps.51:14 ]
Lord God, unlock our hearts, unlock our lips,
and we will overcome with our joyous praise! [Ps.51:15 ]
For the source of Your pleasure is not in our performance
or the sacrifices we might offer to You. [Ps.51:16 ]
The fountain of Your pleasure is found
in the sacrifice of our shattered hearts before You.
You will not despise our tenderness
as we humbly bow down at your feet. [Ps.51:17 ]
Because You favour Zion, do what is good for her.
Be the protecting wall around Jerusalem. [Ps.51:18 ]
And when we are fully restored,
You will rejoice and take delight
in every offering of our lives
as we bring our sacrifices of righteousness before You in love! [Ps.51:19]