Psalm for Prayer

Psalm 51.1-12

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

 [1] Have mercy on me, O God,
  according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
  blot out my transgressions.
[2] Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
  and cleanse me from my sin!

 [3] For I know my transgressions,
  and my sin is ever before me.
[4] Against you, you only, have I sinned
  and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
  and blameless in your judgment.
[5] Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
  and in sin did my mother conceive me.
[6] Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
  and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

 [7] Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
  wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
[8] Let me hear joy and gladness;
  let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
[9] Hide your face from my sins,
  and blot out all my iniquities.
[10] Create in me a clean heart, O God,
  and renew a right spirit within me.
[11] Cast me not away from your presence,
  and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
[12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
  and uphold me with a willing spirit.

(Psalm 51:1-12 ESV)