Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me. You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:1-10, NRSV)
Create in me a clean heart o God and renew a right spirit within me!
We all fall short of God’s glory.
We all fall short of doing what God has called us to.
That is why during Lent, Lutherans and others use this verse from Psalm 51 as a reminder weekly that we need God. We need God to clean our hearts.
We need God to clean our hearts.
We need God to set our lives right.
We need to lift our shortcomings to God and ask for mercy, and trust He will make us new!