The sacrifice you accept, O God

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(refrain is sung by congregation, verses chanted by one voice / choir / or congregation)

        Refrain:
                The sacrifice you accept, O God, is a humble spirit.

1.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your kindness; 
in your compassion blot out my offense. 
O wash me more and more from my guilt 
and cleanse me from my sin. 

        Refrain:
                The sacrifice you accept, O God, is a humble spirit.

2.
My offenses, truly I know them; 
my sin is always before me. 
Against you, you alone, have I sinned. 
What is evil in your sight I have done. 

3.
Indeed you love truth in the heart; 
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom. 
O purify me, then I shall be clean. 
O wash me, and I shall be purer than snow. 

        Refrain:
                The sacrifice you accept, O God, is a humble spirit.

4.
A pure heart create for me, O God, 
put a steadfast spirit within me. 
Do not cast me away from your presence, 
nor deprive me of your Holy Spirit.

5.
Give me again the joy of your help. 
With a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways 
and sinners may return to you.

        Refrain:
                The sacrifice you accept, O God, is a humble spirit.

6.
O rescue me, God, my helper, 
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips 
and my mouth shall declare your praise. 

        Refrain:
                The sacrifice you accept, O God, is a humble spirit.

7.
For in sacrifice you take no delight, 
burnt offering from me you would refuse; 
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit. 
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn. 

        Refrain:
                The sacrifice you accept, O God, is a humble spirit.

Verses below are in Accompaniment Handbook, not Hymnal 

A.   (after verse 2)
That you may be justified when you give sentence 
and be without reproach when you judge; 
O see, in guilt was I born, 
a sinner was I conceived. 

B.   (after verse 3)
Make me hear rejoicing and gladness, 
that the bones you have crushed may thrill. 
From my sins turn away your face, 
and blot out all my guilt. 

C.   (after verse 7)
In your goodness, show favor to Zion. 
Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, 
burnt offerings wholly consumed.

#141 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  based on Psalm 51; tr. Ladies of the Grail
                   Text 1985 Ladies of the Grail (England).
   Tune:  David C. Isele
                    Music 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc.

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