A broken and contrite heart!
Scripture reading for June 13th: Psalms 50-54
David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of his friend, Uriah. This episode is recorded in 2nd Samuel 11-12. This was a dark blot on the life of a man who had walked closely with God for about 50 years. King David had decided to stay home from the war with Israel’s enemies to rest and relax. He let his eyes wander and ended up in bed with his neighbor’s wife. She became pregnant and instead of an abortion, David decided to try to frame his friend. When this didn’t work, he had his friend killed.
David committed adultery and then murder, sins that had no covering by sacrifice under the Law. Both of these sins required that the perpetrator be stoned to death. (Leviticus 20:10)(Leviticus 24:17) What is remarkable about King David’s confession of these sins, is that he considered them to be against God alone. (Psalm 51:4) He brought a sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart, appealing to God’s mercy! (Psalm 51:17)
A broken and contrite heart takes responsibility for sin. It admits to breaking God’s law instead of denial and blame. (Psalm 51:3-5) David even recognized that he was sinful from birth. David knew men were born in sin because of Adam’s sin! We can only be delivered supernaturally by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ!
Repentant hearts also recognize the importance of truth in them. (Psalm 51:6) Jeremiah stated that the heart by human nature was deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. (Jeremiah 17:9-11) God searches the hearts of men and knows the truth about what is in them. David asked God for a clean heart and blotting out his iniquity!
Broken hearts desire the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12) God alone can give a pure heart and a right spirit. This right spirit is one of brokenness and dependence on God’s grace. All pride in human effort must be set aside. This brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness! Those who are forgiven much, love much. Because of love they want to do God’s will and bring praise to His Name! (Psalm 51:13-15)
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart , Oh God, you will not despise.” Psalm 51:17