Psalm 51:6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my 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 crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

David is asking mercy and forgiveness for all the ways he sins against God. The second half of verse 8 is particularly vivid “let the bones that you have crushed rejoice”.

There is a weightiness to sin, a burden that is felt. The psalmist has carried so much sin for so long it’s as if his very bones have been crushed. Yet, despite all this, there is hope. Because with the Lord’s cleansing and forgiveness those same crushed bones… rejoice. The weight is lifted. Life is restored. We are made new.

Forgive me, oh God, for the many ways I rebel against you. Turn my heart toward you that I may live. Amen.


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