A Contrite Heart

Re: Verse reading–Psalm 51:1-19; 1 John 1:9 (day four)  What kind of sacrifices do you offer the Lord?  Church attendance…weekday bible study…special offering at Christmas…occasionally tell someone what church you go to…or even go on a mission trip?  All of these are good things, but God does not delight in them if you heart is not right with Him.  Verses 16-17 say, “For You do not delight in sacrifice otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”  A broken and contrite heart is a heart that recognizes the vast glory and righteousness of God and their own sinful and hopeless state.  When Moses recognized he was in the presence of God at the burning bush, he hid his face.  Isaiah, when he saw the Lord, said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined!  Because I am a man of unclean lips, “  God delights in humility rather than sacrifice!

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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