Psalm 51:1-3 – Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
I struggle with the idea that we are inherently sinful, but each of us has hurt someone unintentionally in ways that might have had significant consequences for the one hurt. Psalm 51 creates a beautiful prayer, and our prayer today is an adaptation of verses six and ten.
You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach us wisdom in our secret hearts. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put new and right spirits within us. Amen.