Create in me a Clean Heart

This hymn is a setting of Psalm 51*.  The composer, and version of the biblical translation that is used are unknown - the latter may be a composite of several translations.

I have not found this setting published anywhere, though it has been used in places in New Zealand since the 1980s, at least.

(*)  Psalm 51 is sometimes known as "The Miserere", after the first words of the Latin translation.

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Lyrics

Chorus:
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord
And renew a right spirit within me.
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord
And renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence, O Lord,
And take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
And renew a right spirit within me.

Have mercy on me, O Lord in all your goodness.
In your great compassion, wipe my sins.
Wash me from my guilt and cleanse me from my sins
And renew a right spirit within me.

Open my lips, and I proclaim your praise.
My humble heart I offer up to you.
May the sacrifice I give be pleasing in your eyes
And renew a right spirit within me.

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Chorus:
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord
And renew a right spirit within me.
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord
And renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence, O Lord,
And take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
And renew a right spirit within me.

Have mercy on me, O Lord in all your goodness.
In your great compassion, wipe my sins.
Wash me from my guilt and cleanse me from my sins
And renew a right spirit within me.

Open my lips, and I proclaim your praise.
My humble heart I offer up to you.
May the sacrifice I give be pleasing in your eyes
And renew a right spirit within me.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I know that Keith performed this and made it popular, but haven't been able to find any definitive evidence about who actually composed it. Do yo know if it was published anywhere?

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  2. Keith Green is credited as composer in the booklet of his CD "Jesus Commands Us To Go". I have never seen sheet music for this song... until now.

    The 5th bar timing ("and renew a right spirit...") is incorrect - the bar should start with a quaver rest. Same in the 12th bar. Thanks for posting a helpful starting point online.

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    1. Thanks, I'll review the sheet music. It's possible that there are slightly different versions of the tune in use: I learned it in New Zealand in the 1980s, where it was a far as you can imagine from being an American gospel-style hymn.

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  3. I want to translate this song and make some modification that having verses and chorus. I don't know who to reach or take permission. Can you show me the way.🙏🏼

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  4. This chorus written by Keith Green has many similarities to the musical version of the liturgy of the Lutheran Church as found in the green hymnal put out by the LCA in the early 70’s. Keith Green, as a young Christian, was discipled in a West Lós Angeles Bible Study group led by a Minnesota Lutheran, although it was not a Lutheran group per say. Other high profile Christian musicians were part of this group - later Bob Dylan attended this same group. I wouldn’t be surprised if Keith heard the Lutheran liturgy version and then did his own version.

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    1. Thank you, that is interesting. There is a lot of Christian music which has been created in this way, it makes copyright claims "interesting" in some cases.

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