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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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