from Psalm 51
O God, create a clean heart in me!
Put a right and faithful spirit within me.
Do not take away the gift of your presence.
Do not remove Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore and heal me, that I may know the joy of wholeness.
Sustain me with Your generous spirit.
O God, open my lips, and I will proclaim your praise!
My tongue shall sing aloud of Your loving generosity.
You do not delight in sacrifices and gifts offered to secure Your favor.
What you honor is the sacrifice of a humble spirit and a contrite heart.
–paraphrase by Marchiene Vroon Rienstra,
Swallow’s Nest: A Feminine Reading of the Psalms