A broken and contrite heart!

Scripture reading for June 12: Psalms 50-54

David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of his friend, Uriah, is recorded in scripture in 2nd Samuel 11-12.  This was a dark blot on the life of a man that 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 as his heart grew cold and ended up in bed with his neighbor’s wife.  She became pregnant and David decided to try to frame his friend.  When this didn’t work, he had his friend murdered! 

Psalm 51 is the record of David’s confession and repentance from these sins.  Both of these sins required that the perpetrators be stoned to death under God’s law.  (Leviticus 20:10)(Leviticus 24:17)  What is remarkable about King David’s confession of these sins, was that he considered them to be against God alone.  God granted David forgiveness and grace under the law because of a broken and contrite heart! 

A broken and contrite heart takes responsibility for sin.  It admits to breaking God’s law instead of denial and blame of someone else or even God.  (Psalm 51:3-5)  David recognized that he was sinful from birth.  We are born in sin because of Adam’s sin!  We can only be delivered supernaturally by God’s mercy through Jesus Christ!

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.  God wants to wash our hearts and cleanse them.  David asked to be cleansed with hyssop.  While in Egypt, the Israelites used hyssop branches to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lambs on the doorposts of their houses to keep the death angel from striking the first-born. 

Broken hearts long for the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12)  All pride in human effort and ability is set aside and humility comes in it’s place.  There is joy and a willing spirit to follow the Lord and be taught of Him. True brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness for those who are forgiven much, love much.  Out of this love they want to do God’s will and praise 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

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