PSALMS 51:1-19 (NLT)
1 Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. 2 Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. 3 For I recognize my shameful deeds-- they haunt me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. 5 For I was born a sinner--yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 But you desire honesty from the heart, so you can teach me to be wise in my inmost being. 7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me-- now let me rejoice. 9 Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. 10Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to sinners, and they will return to you. 14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. 15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that I may praise you. 16 You would not be pleased with sacrifices, or I would bring them. If I brought you a burnt offering, you would not accept it. 17 The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will be pleased with worthy sacrifices and with our whole burnt offerings; and bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
This is the Psalm of David after being confronted by his friend Nathan for committing adultery with Bathsheba and then placing Bathsheba’s husband in the path of death to cover his sin.
In PSALMS 51 David pours out his feelings to God for the sinful acts he has committed. David talks about his guilt, his lack of joy, his desire for forgiveness, and the longing to praise God. David says his heart is broken and repentant and he knows that is more pleasing than sacrifices. David admits to being a sinner and says he was born a sinner. He knows God wants honesty and so now he is finally being honest with himself and with God in revealing his sins. David feels the shame of his sins as he tells God not to keep looking at them, but to remove the guilt and create a clean heart and a renewed spirit. David says, RESTORE TO ME AGAIN THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION AND MAKE ME WILLING TO OBEY YOU. Sin breaks the joy of our salvation. Have you felt that broken joy? Is it time to pour out your feelings to God? Or maybe you know someone you can pray for that needs joy in their life again. Today is a day just like everyday where you can make your feelings known to God. Why not stop and pray and let Him know what is on your heart.