"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!
For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight...
...Behold you delight in truth in the inward being and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean.
Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow...
...Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit...
...Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation
And my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise...
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
-from Psalm 51
"I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love don't for a moment escape God's notice."
- The Message, Psalm 51:7