because of your unfailing love
Because of your great compassion
blot out the stain of my sins
Wash me clean from my guilt
Purify me from my sin
For I recognise my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
Purify me from my sins and I will be clean
Wash I will be whiter than snow
Oh give me back my joy again
you have broken me
now let me rejoice
Create in me a clean heart O God
Renew a loyal spirit within me
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and make me willing to obey you
Unseal my lips O Lord
that my mouth may praise you.
The sacrifice you desire if a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart O God.
(from Psalm 51)