Psalm 51: Repent Like David

Sin affects all of us, and the story of David in 2 Samuel proves that. Today, Jeff explains how praying with Psalm 51 can help us prepare our souls for confession, through the example of David.

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“Connection is more important than perfection.”


“There is no such thing as private sin, it affects all of us, all of mankind.”

– Pope St. John Paul II


Historical Context for Psalm 51

Read the story of David and his relationship with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11-12

“Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man. Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul; and I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have smitten Uri′ah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uri′ah the Hittite to be your wife.’ Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.’ David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.’” – 2 Samuel 12:7-13

Psalm 51

A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba.

51:1 – “Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”

51:2 – “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”

51:3 – “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”

51:4 – “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight, so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.”

51:5 – “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

51:6 – “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.”

51:7 – “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

51:8 – “Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.”

51:9 – “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.”

51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

51:11 – “Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy holy Spirit from me.”

51:12 – “Restore to me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

51:13 – “Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.”

51:14 – “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.”

51:15 – “O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.”

51:16 – “For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased.”

51:17 – “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

51:18 – “Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,”

51:19 – “then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on thy altar.”


Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 


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