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Why Don't We Really Like It When Jesus Tells Us What to Do?
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,
so that You are justified in your words
and blameless in Your judgment.
Behold, I have been sinful from the very beginning of my life,
even from conception and borth, I have been wayward.
Behold, You delight in truth in the inward being,
and You teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with the blood of Your Son, Jesus, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that You have broken rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
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.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
and sinners will return to You.
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.
For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
You will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
Christ has already offered the pergfect sacrifrice for my sins,
And I cannot atone for my iniquity.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
Do good to Your people in Your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Your kingdom, secure in Your word and Your Son;
then will You delight in right sacrifices,
the living sacrifices of Your people's whole lives,
the sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips giving thanks to Your name.