Just a short post from me today.
I came across Psalm 51 a while ago. I read it but I felt that I couldn’t connect to the content too much at the time, however I had this strong feeling that I should “bank it” for later down the track.
Anyway, I think that time came for me to cash in that chip this week as I’ve had persistent thoughts lately to re-examine it through reflection and feeling about the meaning and how it can be related to The Way as taught by Jesus & Mary and my current emotional condition of resistance and lack of humility to my own sin. I feel as though I’ll probably return to this Psalm and some of the others at various and frequent points throughout my life as I find some of them help me when it comes to growing my faith.
I would like to study the Psalms in more detail as I have a passion for understanding them. I love the way that some things are expressed related to how a personal, passionate relationship with God and what a burning desire for God may feel like, even if things feel bleak at certain times in our lives. Also, I really love how some of the Psalms make reference to a God of Love and how God and that love may redeem and transform us dependant upon our desire.
One day I’d like to begin some kind of project related to them (I have no idea of how this may look at this point), but for now I’d just like to share the Psalm below:
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 you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Saviour, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.