Psalm 51 – A Contrite Heart

Today in church portions of Psalm 51 are our Old Testament scriptures to be read. Our guest minister, Chris Nye again, will help us find Jesus in this Psalm. So I thought this would be a good one to post today. I’ve only posted the verses he will be reading. You can read the whole Psalm here at

As you read this Psalm, can you find Jesus? Can you feel your need for this wonderful Savior?

Psalm 51

    For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

 1 Have mercy on me, O God,
   according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
   blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
   and cleanse me from my sin.

 3 For I know my transgressions,
   and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
   and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
   and justified when you judge.


15 Open my lips, Lord,
   and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
   you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart
   you, God, will not despise.

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11 Responses

  1. Thank God for his forgiveness and his arms wide-stretched when we confess and come to him broken.He sees us better than we see ourselves.Thank you Linda for sharing and reminding us that God hears and he cares.


  2. Thanks for sharing Psalm 51, one of my favorites.

    I like David’s heart… like that in spite of all his power and riches, he has such a tender love and reverence for God. It’s not that complicated… wish we could all follow his lead.

    • Linda, This Psalm is a great example of David’s heart, and how he was humbled by His own sin and pride, as well as by the mercy and greatness of God. If we could all give up our pride as David did, what a wonderful world we would live in. Peace, Linda

  3. Thank you, Linda. This is another one of my faves!

    He can see deep inside the heart. It comforts me to know that when I bare my soul before Him, He sees what’s inside and He chooses to love me anyway. I just cannot get over that!

    Thankful He will not despise the broken spirit and contrite heart that I bring to Him.


  4. This really spoke to me today. Thank you so much for doing a Psalm Sunday post! I’m being humbled right now, needed it, and so crying and crying out to Him a lot. God bless you as He speaks to us through you each day. You are such a lovely vessel of His!
    love, deb

    • Deb, You should have heard Chris’ sermon today on this Psalm! It was so wonderful. Convicting, but full of joy. It was all about pride and humility. The Lord will not despise the humble, contrite heart that you offer. 🙂 Peace, Linda

      • That sermon would have really put me over the edge, but right where I need to be. 🙂 Thank you so much for ministering to me!

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