For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
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1. Focus on God’s love, not your mistakes

First, God wants us to know that we can move past our mistakes.

 

2. Confess your sins to God

Secondly, God wants us to admit our guilt.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:2-3

In verse 5, David says, “I was sinful at birth.”

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth of God is not in us. 1 John 1:8

 

3. Allow God to work in the midst of your brokenness

Thirdly, God wants to use our brokenness to grow us. 

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop. Psalm 51:6-7

Let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Psalm 51:8b

The word “crushed” means broken and oppressed.

 

4. Forsake your sinful ways

Fourthly, God wants us to leave behind our old ways.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

 

5. Allow God to help you deal with the consequences

The fifth thing we learn is that we need to know and remember when we’ve blown it.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12

 

6. Allow God to use your mistakes for ministry

The sixth thing we need to remember is that God wants to turn our mistakes into ministry opportunities.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Psalm 51:13

In Christ, we have redemption through his blood. Ephesians 1:7

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

As far as the east is from the west, so he has removed our transgressions, our sins, from us. Psalm 103:12