Thursday, May 31, 2007

Scriptural Holiness

The most recent issue of the Asbury Herald had an article on Scriptural Holiness, one of John Wesley's favorite themes, that caught my eye. In it, the author challenged the readers to allow the scripture to transform who we are into a Christlike being. To that effect, the author suggested that we use Psalm 51 as our daily reading every day for at least one week. Not only should we read it, we should allow the scripture to search us, guide us, rebuke us and comfort us.

Would you join me this week in doing this? Make Psalm 51 your daily reading and read it contemplatively? Let the scripture search your heart and mind, and let the Holy Spirit guide you as you read over David's heartfelt plea in this wonderfully moving section of scripture. Listen to the voice of the Spirit as he speaks to you. Then leave a comment if you feel so inclined.

Psalm 51 (New International Version)

New International Version (NIV)

Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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 that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;
you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,
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 The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.


  1. Psalm 51:6 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Psalm 51:6 Or you desired?; / you taught
  3. Psalm 51:17 Or My sacrifice, O God, is

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