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God, Be Merciful to Me

  1. God, be merciful to me,
    according to your steadfast love,
    and in your abundant mercy,
    Lord, my many sins remove.
    Cleanse me from iniquity;
    wash my sin away from me.
  2. Lord, I know my own transgressions;
    I can see my sinful plight.
    I have sinned against you only,
    done what’s evil in your sight.
    So your words are verified,
    and your verdict justified.
  3. Truly, I was from my childhood
    brought forth in iniquity;
    I was sinful from the moment
    when my mother first conceived.
    Truth you seek within my heart;
    wisdom to me you impart.
  4. Cleanse me, purify with hyssop,
    I’ll be whiter than the snow.
    Let the bones you crushed be joyful;
    may I joy and gladness know.
    From my failure hide your face;
    all my wickedness erase.
  5. Lord, create in me a pure heart;
    make my spirit right and new.
    Do not take away your Spirit—
    cast me not away from you.
    Your salvation’s joy restore;
    keep my spirit willing, Lord.
  6. Then I’ll teach your ways to sinners;
    rebels will return to you.
    From the guilt of blood, O free me,
    God, my God and Savior true.
    Then I’ll praise your righteousness;
    teach my lips your name to bless.
  7. Sacrifice does not delight you,
    else my tribute I would bring;
    you will not be pleased with off’rings,
    even whole burnt offerings.
    Contrite heart as sacrifice,
    you, O God, will not despise.
  8. Let your blessing rest on Zion;
    build Jerus’lem’s walls again.
    Sacrifices then will please you—
    bulls upon your altar slain,
    off’rings made for your delight,
    truly righteous in your sight.
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Scripture Reference
Psalm 51, Romans 3:4
Composer Information
Mason, Lowell (1792–1872)