Psalms 51-54


Psalms chapter 51, David prays for remission of sins, whereof he makes a deep confession. He prays for sanctification. God delights not in sacrifice, but in sincerity. He prays for the church.
Psalms chapter 52, David, condemning the spitefulness of Doeg, prophesies his destruction. The righteous shall rejoice at it. David, upon his confidence in God’s mercy, gives thanks.

Psalms chapter 53, David describes the corruption of a natural man. He convinces the wicked by the light of their own conscience. He glories in the salvation of God.
Psalms chapter 54, David, complaining of the Ziphims, prays for salvation. Upon his confidence in God’s help he promises sacrifice.

Insights and Prayers

  • Lord, I come to You in tears and brokenness because of my sin.
  • Forgive me! I am no better than David who was king; I am just as great a sinner as David who sinned against You.
  • None of us is worthy of forgiveness.
  • No matter what my sin, I deserve punishment for the things I’ve done. Forgive my sins. Amen.
  • Lord, there are many evil people in the world who have done evil things.
  • I know You judge all evil, but I pray for their salvation.
  • I don’t rejoice in Your judgment. I rejoice in Your mercy and grace to me. Amen.
  • Lord, protect me from those who want to hurt me, whether by gossip, by theft, or by physical attack.
  • Lord, protect me when I can’t protect myself.
  • Protect me from dangers I know and from threats I don’t know about. Amen.
  • Lord, I’m in danger; come help me now.
  • I’m so scared I can’t control my thinking or reaction to things.
  • Listen to me and save me from danger.
  • Restore my trust in You and give me confidence. I need You now. Amen.


  • Bible Summary – Adapted from The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge by R. A. Torrey
  • Insights and Prayers – Adapted from The Prayer Bible