Psalm 51:7-15 NLT
 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
 Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice.
 Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
Reflection . . .
A brief outine of Psalm 51 shows us
Stanza 1, “Have mercy on me . . . “
Stanza 2, “Purify me . . . “
Stanza 3, “Restore to me . . . “
Stanza 4, “You do not desire a sacrifice . . . The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.”
This pattern of asking for Mercy (poverty of spirit), Cleansing (confession), Restoration (renewal), and Relationship (humbleness before God), give us a beautiful picture of what is involved in the first Beatitude in Matthew 5:3 which is all about a broken spirit before God.
Stanzas 2 & 3 above are at the core of a life lived that is Broken & Contrite before God. Amen!