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A contrite heart!

Scripture reading for June 13th: 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, David decided to try to frame his friend.  When this didn’t work, he had his friend murdered!

Murder and adultery required that the perpetrators be stoned to death under God’s law.  (Leviticus 20:10)(Leviticus 24:17)  In King David’s confession of these sins,  he considered them to be against God alone.  God granted David forgiveness 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 or blame.  (Psalm 51:3-5)  David recognized that he was sinful from birth.  He was born in sin because of Adam’s sin!

Repentant hearts also recognize the importance of truth.  (Psalm 51:6)  Jeremiah stated that the heart was deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  (Jeremiah 17:9-11)  God alone can search the hearts of men 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.   Only the sprinkled blood of Jesus, God’s final sacrifice can cleanse sinful hearts and protect us from the angel of death.

Broken hearts desire the joy and salvation that comes from God’s grace of forgiveness. (Psalm 51:9-12)  All of this brokenness leads to a life of humble service and witness!  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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Breaking up unplowed ground!

Scripture reading for September 7th: Hosea 9-11

“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.  But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception.” Hosea 10:12-13a

Hosea loved farming illustrations and so do I!  I loved to plow ground when I was younger.  We would often plow under red clover that was sowed along with the oats crop and it helped the corn grow next year. The dirt turning over and the smell of that fresh soil was special.  Usually a flock of seagulls would follow the plow to pick up worms and a chicken hawk would scout out scampering mice as they ran down the furrow.  At night, coyotes and foxes would also come out and find rodents running in the furrows.

Hosea’s illustration was not about plowing dirt, but about the soil of hearts that had grown hard and had not produced a crop in a long time.  The ground had to be broken up to receive the seed in hope of a crop.  The sowing had to change, too.  Instead of wickedness, false promises, lawsuits and idolatry, the people needed to sow a crop of righteousness in order to reap unfailing love.  (Hosea 10:4-5, 12)

God often takes the weeds of our lives and uses them to become fertilizer for a good crop.  For instance, if we were delivered from a life of drunkenness, we are able to minister to those who are bound by that habit.  Someone else might have struggled with sexual temptations and upon breaking up their fallow ground, the old habits enable that person to minister to others who have similar strongholds.

Waiting for the harvest required patience.  Hosea encouraged the people to seek the Lord until He came and showered righteousness on them.  We must ask, seek and knock in faith until the answer comes.  Prayer keeps an open line with the Lord and keeps us moving forward in hope and expectation.  He alone is our righteousness!  (2nd Corinthians 5:21)

In summary, we must keep our heart’s soil soft and teachable through brokenness.  As we sow righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ, we will reap the fruit of His eternal and unfailing love.  A broken and contrite heart, He will not despise!  (Psalm 51:17)

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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

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