Psalm 51 is a powerful prayer for obtaining the Lord’s forgiveness and healing. As we pray this psalm, we can stand before God guilty but unafraid. As we make this prayer of David our own, we are disposing ourselves to receive an abundance of our loving Father’s mercy and compassion.
“Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guild and of my sin cleanse me.”
Jesus came into the world as our Savior and Redeemer. As we appeal to his mercy and compassion, Jesus is pleased because we are acknowledging him for what he wants to be most – Redeemer and healer.
Our attitude also bespeaks our openness to the transformation he wants to effect within us.
With the tax collector, let us pray: ‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ (Luke 18:13)
David Rosage “Rejoice in Me” p 79