The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin. Psalm 51:17 (NCV)
Sin leads to brokenness. If you’ve been there, you know how painful it can be. Sin shatters our lives and relationships and leaves scattered pieces of debris with sharp edges that continue to hurt us regardless of who was at fault. David was Israel’s greatest King! He led them in untold victories to become the greatest nation of their day. He was a man after God’s own heart. Then, sin entered the picture. He fell victim to what I call death by success. Confronted with his own bad choices, David experienced a brokenness he had never felt before. He describes it in Psalm 51. It’s been called A Prayer for Forgiveness. It offers hope to the broken. There is healing! You can be made whole again! But, it begins with brokenness. In brokenness, we come before God naked and fully exposed. We feel ashamed and afraid like Adam was when God called his name and he tried to hide from God. God’s love is relentless. He loves us far too much to let us remain estranged from His presence. God grieves when sin separates us from Him. He feels our brokenness. In David’s confession, he says,
The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, You will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.
David realized in his brokenness that God was not out to crush him. Sin created the brokenness – not God. But, God would use his brokenness to bring blessing. Healing could begin and a life could be restored! Are you feeling broken today? God never rejects a heart that is broken and sorry for sin. That’s why He sent His one and only Son. Through Christ, our broken hearts can be healed! Our broken relationships can be restored. We can begin again!
Take the first step today. There’s no greater sacrifice to God than taking our brokenness to Him. Personalize Psalm 51 and pray it back to God as your own prayer of forgiveness. Tomorrow, we’ll look at God’s response in Psalm 32.