Most times we look for a way to feel redemption after a mistake; we know we have broken a rule and search for a way to change direction. Many times we are not able to put into words our desire for forgiveness and our resolution to act in accordance and harmony with the world and its rules. Reading this excerpt from Psalm 51 is just the remoseful eloquence that a can help clarify one’s feelings.
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, and 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 judgement.
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
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than
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
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from my bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
Catholic Youth Bible, Saint Mary’s Press, copyright 1993, page 632.