The Sacrifices Of God Are A Broken Spirit
Psalm 51:17 tells us, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, and a broken and contrite heart – these O God, you will not despise.” The Psalmist is not talking about a spirit that has been crushed and no longer has confidence in anything or anyone. But what the psalmist is saying is our spirit is to be broken unto God to the point we realize we are nothing without Him and everything with Him. This brokeness before God is quite different from having a broken spirit that lets people run over us before discarding us for something better. The brokeness of our spirit before God is a spirit that is united with the Spirit of God and one that is strong and full of confidence that He will assist us through the difficulties of life because He is the strength of our life. And because He is the strength of our life we have nothing to fear from anything that opposes us in life. God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, had a broken spirit unto God, meaning He came to do the will of the Father and not His own, and He certainly was not a weak individual and no one ran over Him. The life Jesus lived among men was a demonstration of what a man’s life can be when it is lived in brokeness before God. Brokeness before God simply means we have nothing in our life we care to hide from Him. And because we serve Him with our whole heart, we are a person who is usable and one through whom He can work to accomplish His will on earth.
Psalm 51 was written by King David shortly after Nathan, the prophet of God told him the story of a man who owned one little lamb and a greater man than he came and took away the man’s little lamb. David was ready to execute the person for the bad deed done against his Jewish brother. But, Nathan told David, he was that man. David had slept with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah, who was a very honorable man and a an officer in David’s army. Fearing Uriah would discover his deceit, David had Uriah killed so he could have Bathsheba for his own. (This is my adaptation of this story from 2 Samuel chapter 11) Once David realized his evil deed wasn’t hidden from God; David repented with his whole heart and God restored him to his rightful place of fellowship with Him. But not without David forfeiting the life of the illegitimate child he had with Bathsheba. David’s cry of repentance unto God was, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me by your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners shall be converted to you.” (Psalm 51:10-13) How wise we would all be if we were as quick to repent of our sins as David. He had a broken spirit before God and he loved God with all of his heart, but he was a man, and men sometimes make mistakes and sin; but, if we, like David, have a broken spirit before God, we will repent of them as soon as the Holy Spirit points them out to us. And God will restore us to our rightful place in His kingdom just as He did David. And if we are so bold as to tell others of God’s grace; who knows, they just might repent of their sins and be saved. Have a great day in the Lord. DThrash
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