For the director of music. A psalm of David when the prophet Nathan came to him. Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1God, have mercy on me according to your faithful love. Because your love is so tender and kind, wipe out my lawless acts.2Wash away all the evil things I’ve done. Make me pure from my sin.3I know the lawless acts I’ve committed. I can’t forget my sin.4You are the one I’ve really sinned against. I’ve done what is evil in your sight. So you are right when you sentence me. You are fair when you judge me.5I know I’ve been a sinner ever since I was born. I’ve been a sinner ever since my mother became pregnant with me.6I know that you wanted faithfulness even when I was in my mother’s body. You taught me wisdom in that secret place.7Sprinkle me with hyssop, then I shall be clean. Wash me, then I shall be whiter than snow.8Let me hear you say, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ That will bring me joy and gladness. Let the body you have broken be glad.9Take away all my sins. Wipe away all the evil things I’ve done.10God, create a pure heart in me. Give me a new spirit that is faithful to you.11Don’t send me away from you. Don’t take your Holy Spirit away from me.12Give me back the joy that comes from being saved by you. Give me a spirit that obeys you so that I will keep going.13Then I will teach your ways to those who commit lawless acts. And sinners will turn back to you.14You are the God who saves me. I have committed murder. God, take away my guilt. Then my tongue will sing about how right you are no matter what you do.15Lord, open my lips so that I can speak. Then my mouth will praise you.16You don’t take delight in sacrifice. If you did, I would bring it. You don’t take pleasure in burnt offerings.17The greatest sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. God, you will gladly accept a heart that is broken because of sadness over sin.18May you be pleased to give Zion success. May it please you to build up the walls of Jerusalem.19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of those who do what is right. Whole burnt offerings will bring delight to you. And bulls will be offered on your altar.