Main point summary
I beg you for mercy, oh God. But I know that my actions were evil and an offense to you. Therefore I understand that you are right to judge me.
Psalms 50:1-4 ESV
God Himself Is Judge 50 A Psalm of n Asaph. 1 o The Mighty One, God the Lord , speaks and summons the earth p from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, q the perfection of beauty, r God shines forth. 3 Our God comes; he s does not keep silence; 1 before him is a devouring t fire, around him a mighty tempest. 4 u He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
w Have mercy on me, 1 O God,
Oh I beg you for mercy, my God
according to your steadfast love;
because of your unwavering love and
according to your x abundant mercy
and because of your overflowing mercy
y blot out my transgressions.
wipe away the stains I have brought upon myself.
z Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
Wash me completely from the planned sin I have committed,
and a cleanse me from my sin!
and cleanse me for missing the mark of your holy commands!
b For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
For I am aware that my intentional sin is constantly in my presence.
c Against you, you only, have I sinned
Against you, and you only, have my actions defamed your Glory
and done what is evil d in your sight,
and have I done what is evil in your sight,
e so that you may be justified in your words
so that YOU may be made right in your ways
and blameless in your judgment.
and without blame when you punish.
Have mercy on me and wipe away my transgressions, because of who you are.
"to miss the mark"
I need YOU to cleanse me from my sin because it is constantly upon me--the guilt is too much to bear!
I have offended your Glory with the result that you are right in punishing me.