Shout for Joy
God said of King David that he was “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22). Yet the Old Testament records David’s sexual encounter with Bathsheba the wife of one of his army officers. When she became pregnant, David called her husband back from the battlefield to cover his sin, but Uriah refused to sleep with his wife and returned to war. So David ordered the troops to be withdrawn leaving Uriah defenseless. Psalm 51 is the poignant story of David’s great remorse, his plea for forgiveness and his deep desire for God to create in him a clean heart.
I beg for your mercy, O my God
Based on your unfailing love;
Blot out my transgression, wash evil away
Forgiveness I need from above.
It’s you, O Lord that I’ve sinned against
I did evil in your sight;
Sinful I’ve been from my mother’s womb
Doing wrong instead of right.
Cleanse me with hyssop, I want to be clean
Wash me till I’m whiter than snow;
Please hide you’re face from all my sins
Forgiveness I long to know.
Create in me a heart that is pure
Don’t take your spirit away;
Restore to me the joy of salvation
Help me always to obey.
You take no delight in sacrifice,
But only in a contrite heart;
So I sacrifice now my spirit so broken
Longing from sin to depart.
My deep desire is to teach transgressors
Of all your merciful ways;
So open my mouth to declare your goodness
Let my lips again sing your praise
Robert H Mounce