The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:17 (NIV)
The Sacrifice of a Broken Spirit
The cargo ship The Kathryn Spirit sat rotting in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal since 2011. It wasn’t until last October that the rusty old ship was finally dismantled. Built in 1967, the Kathryn Spirit has not had an owner since 2015, at which point the federal government took control. Groupe St-Pierre bought the ship in 2011 and wanted to dismantle it in the St. Lawrence River to then sell the scrap metal. The province and residents of the region refused that project. The boat was then purchased by a Mexican company, that was to dismantle it in Mexico, but it went bankrupt. It had come to be known as the Broken Spirit.
David had blown it big time. He should have been at the battle front with his troops, instead he was back home keeping an eye on Bathsheba across the street. Then when David tried to cover up his sin by guaranteeing the death of Bathsheba’s husband, God stepped in. He appointed Nathan the prophet to confront David with his sin. And David broke. We read his response in Psalm 51:17: “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” God calls David a man after His own heart. That didn’t mean that David was perfect. No one is. But it did mean that when God brought conviction to David he immediately repented. And God restored him. He always does. David discovered that when we sin, a broken heart is the first step towards restoration. How have you fallen short of God’s call to be perfect as He is perfect? God has undoubtedly brought conviction to your heart. Respond in brokenness and repentance. God will never reject these.
These have been words from the heart.