The Blessings of a Broken Heart - Hope 103.2

The Blessings of a Broken Heart

Read Psalm 51:16-17 16         You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.                  You do not want a burnt offering. 17         The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.                  You will […]

By David ReayFriday 17 Aug 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Psalm 51:16-17

16         You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
                 You do not want a burnt offering.
17         The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
                 You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (NLT)

At first glance, our reading today suggests that in order for God to accept us we need to put on sackcloth and ashes and cultivate a general air of misery. Thankfully that is not the case. The psalmist is reminding himself and others that merely observing religious rituals was not the key to relationship with God.

God requires us to come to him in humility, recognising our inability to please him by just going through the liturgical motions. Our wrongdoing and imperfections can’t be dealt with by religious ceremonies. We need to recognise our great need of his mercy.

The good news is that God does not despise our brokenness. Pride and hypocrisy keep us from him. Penitence and humility draw us close to him. We can despair at our shortcomings and come to believe they make us unacceptable to God. And while there is truth in this, the greater truth is that Jesus has made us acceptable by offering us his mercy and pardon.

May it be that our failures, our brokenness cause us to seek out the God of all mercy rather than hide in shame from him. He will not give us a stern lecture on morality and wag his finger at us giving us just one more chance. He will embrace our brokenness and do something about it. In order to be ‘fixed’ we need first to admit we are ‘broken’.

Blessings
David Reay