Psalm 51 (esv)

Have mercy on me,O God,  according to your steadfast love; according to your  abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned     and done what is evil  in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. 5 Behold,  I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in  the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

7 Purge me  with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be  whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness;     let the bones  that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and  blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a  clean heart, O God, and  renew a right[b] spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not  your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will  return to you. 14 Deliver me from  bloodguiltiness, O God,  O  God of my salvation, and  my tongue will sing aloud of your  righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips,  and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are  a broken spirit;     a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19 then will you delight in  right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and  whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

We can do all of these things because, like David, we have learned that our hope in life is not in the purity of our character or the perfection of our performance. We can face that we are sinners and rest because we know that God really does exist and that he is a God of:


Steadfast love,

Abundant Mercy

Because he is, there is hope—hope of forgiveness and

new beginnings.

Yes, we really can fully acknowledge our sin and failure and yet be unafraid.


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