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To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone into Bathsheba. This psalm was penned by David, when reproved by Nathan for his adultery with Bathsheba, and for his murder of Uriah, 2 Sam. 12. We have in it, (1.) David's candid and truly sorrowful acknowledgments of his sin, particularly his adultery and murder, as highly dishonouring to God; and of his original sin, as the source thereof, ver. 1-5, 17. (2.) His earnest supplications for pardon of his offences, and for heart-purifying, and renewing grace; for renewed influences of the Holy Ghost; for peace of conscience, and comfortable fellowship with God, for himself, ver. 1-2, 6-15; and for reformation of, and prosperity to the church, which had been hurt by his sin, ver. 18-19. (3.) His sincere purposes of heart, to improve God's favour to himself, in promoting the instruction of others, and in giving them an honourable pattern of an exact celebration of God's public worship, ver. 13-16, 19. While I sing this penitential psalm, let my heart be filled with clear but evangelic views of my aggravated, my unnumbered transgressions; and with deep sorrow and remorse for them. Let me pour forth supplications, strong cries and tears to him who is able to forgive all mine iniquities, and to deliver me from every corruption. Let me wash myself in Jesus' blood, as the fountain opened to men for sin and for uncleanness. 1 After thy loving-kindness, Lord, have mercy upon me: For thy compassions great, blot out all mine iniquity. 2 Me cleanse from sin, and throughly wash from mine iniquity: 3 For my transgressions I confess; my sin I ever see. 4 'Gainst thee, thee only, have I sinn'd, in thy sight done this ill; That when thou speak'st thou may'st be just, and clear in judging still. 5 Behold, I in iniquity was form'd the womb within; My mother also me conceiv'd in guiltiness and sin. 6 Behold, thou in the inward parts with truth delighted art; And wisdom thou shalt make me know within the hidden part. 7 Do thou with hyssop sprinkle me, I shall be cleansed so; Yea, wash thou me, and then I shall be whiter than the snow. 8 Of gladness and of joyfulness make me to hear the voice; That so these very bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 All mine iniquities blot out, thy face hide from my sin. 10 Create a clean heart, Lord, renew a right sp'rit me within. 11 Cast me not from thy sight, nor take thy Holy Sp'rit away. 12 Restore me thy salvation's joy; with thy free Sp'rit me stay. 13 Then will I teach thy ways unto those that transgressors be; And those that sinners are shall then be turned unto thee. 14 O God, of my salvation God, me from blood-guiltiness Set free; then shall my tongue aloud sing of thy righteousness. 15 My closed lips, O Lord, by thee let them be opened; Then shall thy praises by my mouth abroad be published. 16 For thou desir'st not sacrifice, else would I give it thee; Nor wilt thou with burnt-offering at all delighted be. 17 A broken spirit is to God a pleasing sacrifice: A broken and a contrite heart, Lord, thou wilt not despise. 18 Shew kindness, and do good, O Lord, to Sion, thine own hill: The walls of thy Jerusalem build up of thy good will. 19 Then righteous off 'rings shall thee please, and off 'rings burnt, which they With whole burnt-off 'rings, and with calves, shall on thine altar lay.

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