Psalm 51 for a loved one in rebellion

Be gracious to them, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out their transgressions. Wash them thoroughly from their iniquities and cleanse them from their sin. Make them know their transgressions and show them how their sin is ever before them. May they come to realize that against You, You only, have they sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that they know that You are justified when You speak to them and blameless when You judge them. May they clearly hear when You speak to them.

May they come to know that they and everyone else was brought forth in iniquity, born with a sin nature. Show them that You desire truth in their innermost being, and in the hidden part make them know wisdom. Purify them with hyssop, and make them clean; wash them and make them whiter than snow. Make them to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from their sins and blot out all their iniquities.

Create in them a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within them. Do not cast them away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit away from them. Bring (or restore) to them the joy of Your salvation, and sustain them with a willing spirit. May they teach transgressors Your ways and may sinners be converted to You because of their testimony.

Deliver them from bloodguiltiness, O God, God of their salvation; may their tongues joyfully sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open their lips, that their mouth may declare Your praise. Teach them that You do not delight in sacrifice, that there is nothing they can do to earn their salvation. Show them that You are not pleased with their efforts. Break their spirit, break their heart, and break their pride. May they come to know that You do not despise a broken and contrite heart.


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