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Have Mercy Upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied
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Have Mercy Upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied


J. Nisbet & Co. 1896

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Containing a month of daily meditations on the 51st Psalm, Murray’s exploration of Miserere is divided into five parts:

  • The Great Petition
  • The Confession
  • The Prayer of Forgiveness
  • The Prayer for Renewal
  • The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving


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Key Features

  • Views Psalm 51 through the lens of grace
  • Expounds upon the grace and mercy of God
  • Provides 31 passages of discussion for daily meditation


  • Introduction
    • A Psalm of David for the Chief Musician
    • A Psalm of David: when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba
  • I. The Great Petition
    • Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving-kindness (ver. 1a)
    • According to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions (ver. 1b)
    • Wash me throughly from mine iniquity (ver. 2a)
    • And cleanse me from my sin (ver. 2b)
  • II. The Confession
    • For I acknowledge my transgressions (ver. 3a)
    • And my sin is ever before me (ver. 3b)
    • Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned (ver. 4a)
    • And done that which is evil in Thy sight; that Thou mayest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest (ver. 4b)
    • Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me (ver. 5)
    • Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts (ver. 6a)
    • And in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom (ver. 6b)
  • III. The Prayer for Forgiveness
    • Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean (ver. 7a)
    • Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow (ver. 7b)
    • Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice (ver. 8)
    • Hide Thy face from my sins (ver. 9a)
    • And blot out all mine iniquities (ver. 9b)
  • IV. The Prayer for Renewal
    • Create in me a clean heart, O God (ver. 10a)
    • And renew a steadfast spirit within me (ver. 10b)
    • Cast me not away from Thy presence (ver. 11a)
    • And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me (ver. 11b)
    • Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation (ver. 12a)
    • And uphold me with a free Spirit (ver. 12b)
  • V. The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving
    • Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways (ver. 13a)
    • And sinners shall be converted unto Thee (ver. 13b)
    • Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation (ver. 14a)
    • And my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness (ver. 14b)
    • O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise (ver. 15)
    • For Thou delightest not in sacrifice, else would I give it; Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering (ver. 16)
    • The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise (ver. 17)
    • Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion: build Thou the walls of Jerusalem (ver. 18)
    • Then shalt Thou delight in the sacrifices of righteousness in burnt-offering and whole burnt-offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar (ver. 19)

Praise for the Print Edition

It is done so quietly, with such a mastery of all the motives which actuate men, and with such easy power, that it is only on reflection that we find out how rare is the gift of the author.

Aberdeen Free Press

Product Details

  • Title: Have Mercy upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied
  • Author: Andrew Murray
  • Publisher: James Nisbet & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 196

About Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray (1828–1917) was born in Graaff Reinet, South Africa, to Dutch missionary parents. Educated at King’s College, Aberdeen, he then studied theology at the University of Utrecht. Andrew and his older brother John were ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church in 1848. Murray pastored South African churches in Bloemfontein, Worcester, Cape Town, and Wellington. A champion of missionary work, he founded the South African General Mission in 1889. That ministry continued to grow, and today it is part of the SIM (Serving in Mission) organization.

A prolific author and lecturer, Murray authored over 200 books during his lifetime, and he was invited to speak at churches and conferences all over the world. Married for over 60 years and the father of eight children, Murray passed away in January 1917.