I didn’t expect yesterday’s Hymn of the Day: The Church’s One Foundation to receive such a positive response by all of you, so thank you! It is a lovely hymn!
Today’s “hymn” really isn’t a hymn or maybe even a song you would sing in church. Maybe, you could, but as far as I am aware no church, at least in my area, sing this song in worship. Though, it might be wise to incorporate it!
Psalm 51 (Wisdom in the Secret Heart) by Shane & Shane is a wonderful song that “prayerfully” sings the prayer of the confession of David in Psalm 51. It is a great song to reflect on your own heart and confess sin before God. I have found myself singing this song many times in my prayer time!
I’d encourage you to read Psalm 51 with this song too! Sadly, I do not have sheet music to this wonderful song and I tried finding lyrics, but the versions I found have written the lyrics down wrong. Thus, there is no music or text to follow along with. If you find music or lyrics that is accurate please let me know!
Psalm 51 (ESV)
51 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the 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 broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.