“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”
Bible Reading Plan
Psalms 51:17 (The Message) “Going through the motions doesn’t please you; a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love; don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.”
Psalms 51:17 (NIV) “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
Psalms 51:17 (NLT) “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.”
As I read this portion that David wrote, we begin by seeing a great lesson of how a broken and contrite heart is described by the Psalmist. David was going through one of the most difficult and hardest times in his life. He was deeply distressed. He had failed God and was suffering because of the weight of his sin in his heart. In this spiritual crisis God shows David the great need of having a broken and repented heart. He wants him to know one of the most profound truths of humility: The Lord in his great mercy and love will never despise a sincere heart that is shatter in pieces.
David came to understand that what God was looking for wasn’t the sacrifice of animals. He understood that before the eyes of God a burnt offering had very little value. God wasn’t satisfied with sacrifices. In another occasion God had already expressed in Psalms 40:6 “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears you have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering you did not require.” David might have even offered the best of his cattle, but to God that offering was of little value. For what reason was it of no value? Because it was offered with the absence of the most important ingredient, a sincere and humble heart!
It is very essential that this morning we may come to understand that Christian life is much more than only fulfilling with a system. The danger of living Christianity where we only want to please God with demonstrations of external actions, but empty of a sincere and truthful relationship with him. This doesn’t please God. Let us reflect and decide to draw closer to God just the way we are. Remember that God isn’t impressed by what we can do for Him, not even by the great accomplishments we have achieved.
What God is interested in is the condition of our heart, what we truly are in the most profound part of our being. A humbled heart is worth much more than all the offerings one can offer or rituals that one can do. Be careful of not always being so busy in doing something for God that we find ourselves neglecting our relationship with Him. What does God ask of us this morning? Something very simple but powerful: A humble and contrite heart. Praying to the Lord in the midst of everything, all the occupations and responsibilities of life we should never neglect what’s most important, the condition of our heart.
Psalms 34:18 (NKJV) — 18 “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.”
Psalms 147:3 (NKJV) — 3 “He heals the brokenhearted, And binds up their wounds.”
Mathew 5:3 (NKJV) — 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Psalms 131:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 “Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Isaiah 66:2 (NKJV) — 2 “For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,”Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.”
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