Words: The Psalter, 1912, alt.

Music: Richard Redhead, 1853

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Verse 1:
1. God, be merciful to me;
On Your grace I rest my plea
Your compassions overflow;
Blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within;
O cleanse, me from my sin.

Verse 2:
My transgressions I confess;
Grief and guilt my soul oppress.
I have sinned against Your grace,
And provoked You to Your face.
I confess Your judgement just;
Speechless, in Your mercy trust.

Verse 3:
I am evil, born in sin;
You desire all truth within.
You alone my Savior are,
Teach Your wisdom to my heart;
Make me pure, Your grace bestow,
Wash me whiter than the snow.

Verse 4:
Broken, humbled to the dust
By Your wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice,
And in gladness hear Your voice;
From my sins O hide Your face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.

Verse 5:
Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true;
let me not abandoned be, let Your Spirit dwell in me;
Your salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart.

Verse 6:
Sinners then shall learn from me and to God, restored shall be;
Savior, all my guilt remove, and my tongue shall sing Your love;
touch my silent lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall praise accord.

Verse 7:
No attempted sacrifice has acceptance in Your eyes;
broken hearts are in Your sight more than sacrificial rite;
contrite spirit, pleading cries, You, O God, will not despise.

Verse 8:
Prosper Zion in Your grace and her broken walls replace;
then our righteous sacrifice shall delight Your holy eyes;
free-will offerings, gladly made, on Your altar shall be laid