Words from the Heart for Monday June 5th, 2017
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
A Broken Spirit
The enemy might try to tell us that the Lord will turn away from us if we confess our sin. But, He already knows! He is standing ready to remove our sin from us. We need never fear rejection from Him. In fact, He puts a greater value on us repenting than any effort to try to “make it up to Him.” He will cleanse us. He will make us whole again.
In eastern Canada, the Winnipeg of the late 19th century was viewed as “one of the two most violent places in Canada.” This perception was partly due to the way in which Winnipeggers fully participated in the democratic process. When the citizens felt government was acting unfairly, they reacted with mass protests, angry mobs, and sometimes violence. For example, when the Manitoba legislature radically altered a bill to incorporate Winnipeg as a City in 1873, the Speaker of the House, Mr. C. J. Bird, was abducted and tarred. With incidents like this taking place, it is easy to understand why the easterners prayed for the salvation of Winnipeg at the YMCA convention in 1876.
Usually, broken things are not good. Usually, broken things are thrown away, discarded, never used again. That’s how the world treats broken things. The Kingdom of God, however, does just the opposite. When we come to God with a broken heart, God begins His work in us. It is out of the brokenness that God builds something beautiful. King David had a broken heart. When he committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband Uriah sent to the battle front, where he was sure to be killed, and he was, David had committed horrible sin. When Nathan faced him with his sin, David’s heart broke, and he poured out his sin to God. Psalm 51:17 says “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” David uses an interesting thought here. The Jewish religion was one of animal sacrifices and scapegoats symbolizing God’s forgiveness. But David understood that all of this pointed to a better day, when a once and for all sacrifice would be made by Jesus on the cross. And the response to this gift of forgiveness and life was not the sacrifice of animals. As the great hymn writer would pen centuries later, “Not all the blood of beasts on Jewish altars slain could give the guilty conscience peace, or wash away the stain.” Only Jesus could do that, and our response, David says, is the sacrifice of a broken spirit, and broken and repentant heart. When we come to Jesus with that sacrifice, He gives us a new, clean and pure heart.
These have been words from the heart.