Psalm 51 Good News Bible King David’s Prayer of Mercy

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Psalm 51 Good News Bible translation

The 51st Chapter from the book of Psalms is a prayer of repentance, a Psalm of David when Nathan, the prophet, spoke to him after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. Below is the Psalm 51 Good News Bible translation.

What is the significance of Psalm 51?

The 51st Psalm is the most well-known, famous declaration in the book of Psalms. It is a prayer of sorrow by King David, who was the greatest king of Israel.

The prophet Nathan confronted David about his sins of deceit, committing adultery with Bathsheba, and having Bathsheba’s husband murdered. After this, David acknowledged his sins, confessed them to God, and asked for mercy.

How to pray with Psalm 51

  • Verses 1-9 show King David asking God to wipe away his sins and make him clean.

    With humility, name your sins, confess them, and ask for compassion.

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  • Verses 10-12 show King David asking God to create a pure heart in him, put a new and loyal spirit in him, give him the joy that comes from salvation, and make him willing to obey. When David chose to sin, he lost his closeness with God and the blessings that came from that.

    Ask God to give you a clean heart, a steadfast and willing spirit, joy, and His presence.

  • Verses 13-17 show a humble and repentant King David proclaiming the spiritual sacrifices he will make. King David showed his complete dependence on God to be his provider.

    Pray for a renewal of obedience and offer sacrifices of the spirit, your whole heart.

  • Verses 18-19 show King David praying for Israel and asking for God’s kindness and also His help in rebuilding Jerusalem.

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    As king, it was David’s job to guard and take care of the Lord’s people. David’s sin affected the people of Israel, for it brought problems and judgment. Our sins always affect others to some degree.

    Pray for others, including the church family, that they may not become entangled in the trap of sin.

    God’s promise to erase our sins, to throw them all into the deepest part of the sea (Micah 7:19), is such an incredible blessing! Knowing we have been forgiven, we can move onward in comfort and confidence, looking forward to the day when Jesus returns.

What is the Bible lesson of give me a clean heart Psalm 51?

The 51st chapter from Psalms reminds us that when we choose to do wrong, it spoils everything. Only God can make us clean and restore us.

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Every single person has fallen from grace. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-10

When we sincerely admit to our sins and humbly ask God to renew us, He never fails to keep His promise to cleanse us from all our impurities!

Psalm 51 Good News Bible

  1. Be merciful to me, O God, because of Your constant love. Because of Your great mercy, wipe away my sins!

  2. Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!

  3. I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins.

  4. I have sinned against You – only against You – and done what You consider evil. So You are right in judging me; You are justified in condemning me.

  5. I have been evil from the day I was born; from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.

  6. Sincerity and truth are what You require; fill my mind with Your wisdom.

  7. Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

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  8. Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness; and though You have crushed me and broken me, I will be happy once again.

  9. Close Your eyes to my sins and wipe out all my evil.

  10. Create a pure heart in me, O God, and put a new and loyal spirit in me.

  11. Do not banish me from Your presence; do not take Your holy spirit away from me.

  12. Give me again the joy that comes from Your salvation, and make me willing to obey You.

  13. Then I will teach sinners Your commands, and they will turn back to You.

  14. Spare my life, O God, and save me, and I will gladly proclaim Your righteousness.

  15. Help me to speak, Lord, and I will praise You.

  16. You do not want sacrifices, or I would offer them; You are not pleased with burnt offerings.

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  17. My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; You will not reject a humble and repentant heart.

  18. O God, be kind to Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

  19. Then You will be pleased with proper sacrifices and with our burnt offerings; and bulls will be sacrificed on Your altar.

To learn more about Psalm Chapter 51, click here: Wikipedia

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