Thursday, October 23, 2008

Psalm 51 (MSG)

1-3Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I've been;
my sins are staring me down.

4-6 You're the One I've violated, and you've seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I've been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you're after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.

7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I'll come out clean,
scrub me and I'll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don't look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don't throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I'll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I'll let loose with your praise.

16-17 Going through the motions doesn't please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don't for a moment escape God's notice.

18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
repair Jerusalem's broken-down walls.
Then you'll get real worship from us,
acts of worship small and large,

Including all the bulls
they can heave onto your altar!


Anonymous said...

I was just reading Ps 51 today! =)

Matthias said...

I just stumbled on your blog, but had to say that this is my favorite chapter of the Bible and my favorite version of it also.

I've been a Christian for many years, but an addiction got me put in prison. Before that, I'd never even been to the principal's office.

And it was reading about David's failures that gave me hope in that dark time. I have photocopied versions of this chapter all over my house, and I've written it every where too.

The hope I got was in David's name. When someone mentions David, nobody thinks about his failure, no one immediately remembers that he had a sexual addiction, that he forced a married woman to sleep with him, got her pregnant, and then killed Uriah to try to cover it up. No, he went through his punishment/training.

No, today, he is remembered as a man after God's own heart, the slayer of Goliath, the author of the Psalms, the undignified dancer before the Lord God Almighty.

Yes. That is Grace beyond measure.

Thank you for making my day.