The Penitential Psalms (Psalm 51)
A penitential psalm is one in which we confess sin, seek forgiveness, and promise repentance. Traditionally Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143 bear this designation. In Psalm 51,
David asks for mercy and promises repentance, providing us with a model for approaching God when we sin.