Today’s psalm presents some lovely passages dealing with our relationship with God. It sees us calling on God to help us and at the end it shows how we too can help others. “A pure heart create for me O God, put a steadfast spirit within me…Give me again the joy of your help, with a spirit of fervour sustain me”. Those lines highlight great gifts that we can pray for and if we receive them it may help us fulfil the last two lines: “that I may teach transgressors your ways and sinners may return to you.” Looking at these verses should also remind us that we have to be aware of our own sins before we worry about anyone else and their sins! It is a danger for all of us — to judge others unfairly. We must always be conscious of our own need for forgiveness and sometimes even self-forgiveness before we enter into pointing out how others might need forgiveness in their lives.