God is always asking for you to come closer to Him. Right now He is asking for you to surrender all of your heart, your problems, your plans, and everything that you care about to Him in trust that He knows a better way.
When you do this, God promises to put inside of you a New Spirit, His Holy Spirit. When you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you will have God teaching you, guiding you, and giving you His strength to live a life that is pleasing to God, and the most fulfilling and rewarding life for yourself. God promises you, "Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart". Ps 37:4
A great adventure is just awaiting you around the corner! When you are God's child, life is never boring, and always nurturing by the Best Provider!! - God Almighty Himself.
When you read this prayer, think of each word and the meaning behind it. Sometimes we can only read through two sentences, for the Power of God's Word is so strong. But that is sufficient if you hear the words aloud and they resound in your heart. Before you start reading, Ask God to reveal Himself to you through His Words and to give you understanding. God will bless you! Instructions follow below.
Psalm 51 NKJV
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, and You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight-- That You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.
Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise.
Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem. Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
The writer of Psalm 51 is King David. King David is the one who, as a young boy, slew the giant Goliath. (1 Samuel 17, especially 17:45). This is one of seven Psalms of repentance. (Psalm 6,32,38,51,102,130,143)
David wrote this psalm after he had committed adultery with Bath Sheba. Soon afterwards David had her husband, Uriah, killed. In doing this David had wronged himself, Bath Sheba, her husband, and Israel. However, David realized that his greatest harm was done against the Lord God Almighty. David also realized that He had broken every one of the Ten Commandments. In light of this understanding, King David of Israel wrote Psalm 51, seeking forgiveness from the Lord.
The instruction listed below is personalized for your relationship with the Lord God, just as David had written it. Hyperlinks are given for Definitions.
I cry out to you God, I need your mercy to not treat me as I deserve! Please treat me according to your loving kindness. Please treat me gently according to you thousands of tender mercies, and wipe away all of my wrong actions, sins, bad thoughts, words, and all the evil things I have done. I ask You, God, for favor to forgive me even while I know I am not worthy of it. I ask You to grant me forgiveness even though I know that I do not deserve it. I understand and trust that You O God are merciful and full of compassion. I trust that You have all that I needed of Loving-Kindness. My God, I expect Your attitude of goodness and steadfast love to come to me, a creature of sin. I know that You have a multitude, or thousands upon thousands, of tender mercies, and I depend upon them for You, the Lord, to erase totally my sins and thoughts, words and actions which go against what You, O God choose.
Lord, wash me completely from the wickedness, vanity, pride, perverseness, depravity, crooked, and lawlessness of my own behavior and thoughts. I rightly trust that only You God can remove them and clean me on the inside, spiritually as well as mentally, emotionally….
I know that I act selfish and proud. I allow my pain and feelings to guide my actions into hurting others and myself. Because I know this, I often feel and think that what I have done and am doing is bad! I regret what I have thought, said and did. I wish I had never done those things.
I realize that it is You, God, alone Whom I am going against. You see all the bad things that I think, do, and say. You know my reasons and motives and You see rightly and judge clearly that I am wrong. Since You are without fault and are totally perfect and blameless you judge rightly. I have done everything by my own free will, and I accept the blame for all of my own thoughts and actions.
51:5 -Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
Look and consider, Lord. I know that I was born with sin on my soul already! (Romans 5:12-14) Even when I was in my mother, I had sin.
Look and think with me Lord, You want purity in my soul, heart, mind and body. Because of this, You will teach me and reveal to me by Your Spirit Your wisdom of how I should be.
Father God, soak me completely clean! Clean thoroughly my soul, mind, spirit and emotions!! I know that if You sprinkle your Atoning Blood over me, I will be clean. If you wash me in the Blood of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, I shall be whiter than anything! (Exodus12: 22, Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews Chapters 9-11)
51:8 -Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.
Lord, make me able to hear the Joy and Gladness that is of You and Your Salvation! I know that You have broken my spirit with sadness at the offences which I have done against You. (Hebrews 12:4-11) My contrite heart needs Your healing, for You alone can heal the pain in my heart! Nothing and no One else can fill the hole and emptiness and void that is within me! (See Beatitudes) May the innermost parts of me now rejoice and be so very happy to be forgiven and in a right relationship with You!! May I rejoice in being reconciled in friendship and relationship with You, O Lord!
51:9 -Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Lord, I am so ashamed of my sins, I regret that I ever did them. I want You to never see them. Please hide Your face from them! Lord, please wipe them away, erase them, and make it like they never happened.
51:10 -Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Make a new heart in me, My God (Elohiym)! Create it out of Your Pureness! (2 Cor. 5:17) Make my heart brand new so that it is totally pure and without any thing bad. Dear God, make a new and faithful spirit inside of me. Give me Your Holy Spirit that I may be faithful to You in all things!! (John 3:1-21) Have my heart stick to You no matter what comes my way!!
51:11 -Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Lord, do not throw me away from Your Love and Friendship and Your being with me! Do not abandon me to myself. Do not take away Your anointing of the Holy Spirit from me. I want You to be with me now, always and forever! You are life itself, and to be without You is too sad for me to bear. Do not toss me away from Yourself.
Replenish and refill me with the joy of Your freedom from sin, freedom from wickedness, freedom to Love You in Spirit and in Truth!! Fill my heart with your Joy and the great happiness of being filled with You in my heart!! Hold me up by your gracious and bountiful Holy Spirit! Let me feel Your Holiness around me! Keep me in Your loving Hand and by Your Holy Spirit.
51:13 -Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You.
Lord, If you clean my heart and place Your Holy Spirit within me, I will teach other sinners Your ways. I will teach everyone who walks apart from You the Way they should go. I will show them and teach them how much you love them and want them to come to you for forgiveness and healing. I will teach them how You want them to be. Then sinners will be changed to loving and serving You. Sinners will have a change of heart like I have. Sinners will turn away from wickedness and will walk in Your Holy Light. People who live without You will be saved from the place of destruction where they are headed because I will teach them Your ways. Transgressors will trust Y'eshua or Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 55:8
Rescue me! Set me free from the evil I feel in my heart. I feel dirty because of what I have thought, done and said. (David repents of having Uriah, Bath Sheba's husband, killed. What sins have you done which make you feel dark and ugly inside? The Lord wants you to say them to Him with a heart that is so sad that it wishes it had never done them.) God of all, You alone are the God who is able to save me from destruction. Please save me from my own disaster. My tongue shall sing out loud for all to hear of Your Holiness and Righteousness.
51:15 -O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
Lord God, open my pure mouth that You have made clean. I will praise You aloud from my sincere heart! Joy will burst forth for what you have done for me!!
God, I know that You do not want dead animals. You are not happy with burnt animals offered to You. If You wanted them, then I would give them to You. (Romans 12:1,2; Hebrews 13:15,16)
51:17 -The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise.
God, You want my broken spirit to mold and do with as You Will. I give you my borken spirit Lord God to make me in to what You desire. You want my heart sincere and malleable in Your Hand. (Isaiah 64:8; Romans 9:21) I give you my broken heart to nurture and heal and have love you ever more. You will not hate and turn away from my heart which trusts in You. Help me to be be submissive to Your Ways and Your Will for the purpose of Your Glory and for the purpose of my unending joy and hope. (See Beatitudes)
51:18 -Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Do good for your own pleasure and delight to Zion, Lord God. Strengthen and fortify Jerusalem morally and physically. Build up Israel for Your own delight. Then You, Elohiym, will enjoy the sacrifices of the righteous and Your temple will delight You with Righteous worship.
51:19 -Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
After You have built up Israel in Your Ways, O Lord, You will be happy with their offerings. When Israel has their heart trusting in You, they shall offer bulls on Your altar for Your pleasure!
Application: How is it with you? Is your heart a place of devastation, or is it strong and glowing with the Lord's presence? Are you moved with great sadness at the loss of God in your own heart? Do you long for Him to fill you with His Peace (John 14:27) and Joy (John 15:11) and Love (John 15:9,10)?
If you need the Lord, know that it is within God's desire and will for you to ask for Him to be your Lord and Savior. He wants to dwell within you, but you need to invite Him to enter in. Scripture is clear that He calls us (1 Cor 1:9, Gal 5:13; Col 3:15; 2 Thess 2:14; 2 Tim 1:9; 1 John 3:1) and chooses us (John 15:16; 1 Peter 2:9). If you haven't prayed this pray with your heart, won't you pray like David did?
Prayer : Lord, my heart is broken, I feel lonely and abandoned. I know I need You in my life, but I do not know how to do it. Would you please reveal Yourself to me. Show me Yourself so that I may know Who You are. I want to obey You, but I am not able to do it on my own. I need Your help. Lord God Almighty, You had Your Son Jesus Christ die on the cross for my sins. He took the punishment that I deserve. I am sorry that I have thought and done all the wrong things that I have done. I accept Jesus' atoning death for my sins. Please forgive me. Thank you for forgiving me, for You promise that as far as the east is from the west, You removed my sins! Thank you! I choose to make Jesus Christ the Lord of my life. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit that You may teach me Your Ways and that I may dwell with You all the days of my life, and for eternity!! I praise you Lord Jesus Christ. I make You Lord of my life, I give you all that I am, and all that I will be. Thank you gracious Lord God for saving me!! Amen!
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