PSALM 51:1-17
METER:  LM (88 88)
Hymns of this meter include "Lord, Speak to Me," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," and "O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee"

1.  Be mer-ci-ful to me, O God,
    Ac-cord-ing to your stead-fast love;
    Ac-cord-ing to your mer-cy great
    Wipe my trans-gres-sions all a-way.
2.  Wash me com-plete-ly of my sin;
    Cleanse me of my in-i-qui-ty.
    For I know my trans-gres-sions, and
    I'm al-ways con-scious of my sins.
3.  A-gainst you on-ly have I sinned,
    And done what you con-sid-er wrong.
    So you are right in judg-ing me,
    And blame-less in con-demn-ing me.
4.  I've been a sin-ner since my birth,
    Yes, since the day I was con-ceived.
    You want sin-cer-i-ty and truth,
    So teach me wis-dom in my heart.
5.  Purge me with hys-sop, make me clean;
    Wash me, make me more pure than snow.
    With joy and glad-ness fill my heart,
    Let all the bones you broke re-joice.
6.  Don't look upon all of my sins
    But wipe out all the wrong I've done.
    Cre-ate in me a clean heart, God,
    A new, right spir-it give to me.
7.  From be-fore you don't ban-ish me;
    Take not your spir-it out of me.
    Re-store to me sal-va-tion's joy;
    Give me the will to o-bey you.
8.  Then sin-ners I will teach your ways,
    And they will be re-turned to you.
    Save me, O God, from dead-ly guilt,
    And your sal-va-tion I will sing.
9.  Lord, help me to o-pen my lips,
    And I will praise you with my mouth.
    You don't de-light in sac-ri-fice,
    Burnt of-fer-ings do not please you.
10. O God, the sac-ri-fice you want
    Is the gift of a bro-ken will.
    A bro-ken and a con-trite heart,
    O Lord, you nev-er will de-spise.

Stanzas 1-7 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Alt. 2000, 2006 Dale A. Schoening.  Stanzas 8-10 reprinted by permission of the publisher from Supplementary Volume to Sing the Psalms by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1992 Dale A. Schoening.

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