Create in Me a Clean Heart
Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 51:1-19. Psalm 51 is a Psalm of David, it is written after David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and the prophet Nathan confronted him. The story of David and Bathsheba is recorded in 2 Samuel 11-12. You may want to read those chapters to help you better understand David’s situation at the time. In Psalm 51 David cries out to God for forgiveness. He confesses his sin to God and asks God to cleanse him. Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?
David asks God to cleanse his heart and create a right spirit in him. He begs God not to turn away from him or to take the Holy Spirit from him. He asks God to restore to him the joy of his salvation. David declares he will praise God despite his shortcomings.
David says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” God wants us to come to Him and ask for His forgiveness for our sins. He wants us to be obedient and do the things that are right in His sight. God loves us unconditionally, but when we fail to meet His expectations we need to repent, and turn from our sins.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.]] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Things to think about:
- Is there anything in your life for which you need to ask God’s forgiveness? If so, pray and ask Him to forgive you.
- In what ways can we be in constant fellowship with God?
- Have you received the joy of salvation?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Help us to ask for Your forgiveness of our sins. Help us to be obedient to Your Word. Help us to desire to be in fellowship with You constantly. Create in us a clean heart. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60 by Deborah H. Bateman is 27th book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book will contain approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60 contains thirty-five Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or group studies.
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