Sunday, 9 December 2012

Imagine... national repentance


Imagine if the English people would start and end the day in reciting and believing Psalm 51 from the Authorized Version of the Bible.

Imagine these words resonating in our minds, over and again until they had permeated our being:

1. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 
3. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned... 
5. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
7. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

 9.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 
 10. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

 11. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
 14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15. O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. 

17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.