Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wonderful Act of Contrition

I think Psalm 51 is a wonderful Act of Contrition for use during the sacrament of reconciliation. I'm going to post it in it's whole and encourage you to read, pray, and reflect on this Psalm:

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

My offenses truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge.
O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness
that the bones you have crushed may thrill.
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse;
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
(burnt offerings wholly consumed),
then you will be offered young bulls on your altar.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen

3 comments:

mel said...

Truly one of the greats. A fave of ours. I find in it the humble truth of genuine repentance opening up doors of minstry and sanctification for the brokenhearted. In David's case, he mentions being able to teach and lead others in the ways of God as well as praising the LORD in song. He gave me that, too, and is an amazing reminder of His work of reconciliation in my life. Amen.

Kimberly said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

JMJ

~Joseph the Worker said...

Thanks to both of you! I'm glad you appreciate this so much, Mel!