Psalms 51 Pathway for Sinning Saint IV

  1. Read Psalms 51

Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba.

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

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned,
and done that which is evil in thy sight,
so that thou art justified in thy sentence
and blameless in thy judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being;
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill[a] me with joy and gladness;
let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right[b] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors thy ways,
and sinners will return to thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness,[c] O God,
thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
16 For thou hast no delight in sacrifice;
were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God[d] is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
19 then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy altar.


  1. Psalm 51:8 Syr: Heb Make to hear
  2. Psalm 51:10 Or steadfast
  3. Psalm 51:14 Or death
  4. Psalm 51:17 Or My sacrifice, O God
  1. Hyssop, a little shrub, used in for purification with blood and water Lev 14:1-7.

Moses was instructed to put the blood of lamb on the lintel the night of Passover Ex 12:21-22.

Not all jews left Egypt during Passover. Lambs worshipped, deicide. Blood on lintel public declaration one are Hebrews, following the Lord out. Who had ever seen leaving Worldwide power of Egypt.

Hyssop was used during the crucifixion to give wine-soaked sponge Jn 19:29 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. ESV

Ps 51:2>> 2 Sam 11-12 Bathsheba story

  1. Pathway for Reconciliation[1]
  2. Sin thoroughly judged before God vs 1-6
  3. Forgiveness and cleanings through the blood vs 7
  4. Cleansing Process vs 7-10
  5. Spirit-filled for joy and power vs 11&12
  6. Service vs 13
  7. Worship vs 14-17

7 Restoration

Hebrew wording service & worship Avodah

Tied together, likes breakdown by Dr. Scofield

Vs fill me with joy and gladness. Consequence from sin, rejoicing can still come from it. Endless redemption in spite of sin.

Did God break his bones, did God hardens Pharoah’s heart?

Chaos and order. Human person is made in a certain way for happiness.

Biblical heroes, dirty laundry aired, testimony to mercy of God.  Learn from their mistakes culminating in Christ.

Matthew, genealogy of Christ. 5 women listed Rahab the harlot, unsavory sorts listed, the Lord is not surprised about our weaknesses.

Newness, being made new through His mercy and our need to recognize our sins.

XII. Personal Reflection and Exhortation

The one sin the Lord cannot forgive, offense against the Holy Spirit, is purposeful lack of trust and repentance in the goodness of God. He is ever a gentleman, never forcing His will, always gently entreating us to turn to Him to be healed, restored, and filled with joy. Never despair, never doubt His readiness to forgive. The crucifixion is always the testimony of His deep love for each and every one of us.

[1] The Old Scofield Study Bible, Oxford University Press, KJV Classic Edition (1917 Notes) Anniversary Edition