The Trail through Lent: Psalm 51


Trail Marker 1

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. 

verse 6

Trail Marker 2

Purify me with hyssop,

And I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be Whiter than snow.

verse 7

Trail Marker 3

Make me hear joy and gladness,

Let the bones you have broken rejoice. verse 8

Trail Marker 4

Create in me a clean heart O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

verse 10

Trail Marker 5

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And sustain me with a willing spirit.

verse 12

Trail Marker 6

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners will be converted to You.

verse 13

Trail Marker 7

Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God,

the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

verse 14

In my deepest interior, You identify truth, the sins hidden by denial and self preservation.

Only You, in full knowledge of me, can uncover those sins that must be addressed, and only You know how.




You must cleanse with Your spilt blood.

I name when and how I seek satisfaction through the desires of body, eyes and pride.Only You can satisfy me with lasting completeness. When I seek through other means I am an idolator.


You, alone, can purify and release joy in me. 




Only You can create new life and a clean heart in me. 

You, alone, can renew and cause my spirit to endure.




Your salvation, as I realize more of my need and fulfillment through You, restores my joy, and I want to be more like You.




This renewal is for a purpose beyond me. Renewal sparks love for You, which ignites me to love people I encounter:  woman, man, boy and girl.



Love compels me to show and tell of Your life-gift. I rejoice to proclaim Your Good News of love and righteousness, so that others might also grasp and rejoice in You.




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