Saturday, January 24, 2015

Have the People You Love, Suffered from Your Mistakes?

After all the Lord has done for David (extending mercy after David repented of his sin), David boldly asks God for one more thing: to prosper his home, and the people of his kingdom, in spite of his destructive choices. He didn’t want the people he reigned over to suffer due to his own sinful actions.

This week, we complete our endeavor of memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 51.

Psalm 51 (NIV)
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
Photo by Tom Sens (Flickr)

        to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices 
        of the righteous,
     in burnt offerings offered whole;
        then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Psalm 51 (TLB) / for meditation purposes
18 And Lord, don’t punish Israel for my sins—
        help your people and protect Jerusalem. 

19 And when my heart is right, then you will 
        rejoice in the good that I do 
    and in the bullock I bring to sacrifice 
       upon your altar.

Father, thank You for watching over my family, and those I love, while I was caught up in a sinful and destructive lifestyle. Please continue repairing the damage I caused in their hearts and lives. 

And, like David, I want to show my gratitude by offering sacrifices You delight in:
I offer You, Lord, my whole life – all that concerns me. I place on Your altar those I love and everything about my life (including my hopes, dreams, motives and failures) to be used for Your purposes. And I will never stop offering You the sacrifice of praise, with a heart filled with thankfulness, for all You have done (and continue to do) for me. Amen.

What about you?
  • Before this day is over, will you consider going to your heavenly Father with your personal prayer?
  • What was your favorite verse from Psalm 51 and why?
  • What have you learned about God or yourself while memorizing this Psalm?
Feel free to leave a comment (using a pseudonym, if you want) letting me know how you’re doing, or how I can pray for you.

I will send you the weekly verses, formatted to fit a standard index card. You must be subscribed to the blog, via email. Leave a comment to let me know what translation you prefer.


  1. Sheryl, My life experiences are dotted with many dark days because of poor choices I have made. Verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 51 are my favorite; and I have adopted them as my prayer to God. This part of the Psalm helps me to feel reconciled with Him and enables my confidence of having a past sin forgiven relationship with Him.

    Keep up the good work Hon. See you at home. Love, Bert

    1. Hi, Bert! I love it when you stop by and leave a comment.

      I also love verses 1 and 2 and agree that they make a wonderful prayer. God's mercy is amazing. Where would we be without it?!!

      Thanks again for stopping by, Hon. (By the way, dinner's almost ready so come home soon!)

  2. I love your prayer Sheryl. It is my continual prayer that God continue to repair damage I have caused in the lives of my loved ones by my sins.

    1. Me, too! I also need to remember to ask God to continue to reveal to me actions (and the people that were/are hurt by them). It's a continual process which is only possible in Christ.

      Thanks for stopping by, Barbara! Your faithfulness means so much to me.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...