17 Oct
2013
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The Sacrifices of God are a Broken Spirit

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Yesterday, while listening to a sermon, I read Psalm 51, verses 16 and 17.
“For thou desirous not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou desirous not burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart…”

This immediately spoke to my heart because Jesus had already spoken to me concerning this truth (see the post on October 6th ). And verses 3 & 4 were highlighted in my heart as well, “for I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned…” By the end of the sermon I was crying, very convicted.

But still, the next morning I failed. I awoke and rather than seeking the Lord first, I sought for great apps for my iPhone.

When I did start my devotions, I was trying to downplay my sin as not so bad since many Christians don’t do devotions in the mornings at all. Was it really so bad to give God my time after I did something else first? I tried to just pray as usual.

But while I spoke to God, psalm 51:3-4 and 16-17 from yesterday were playing in my mind and heart, and I didn’t get far into the prayer before I was asking for mercy.

Then an amazing thing happened. I picked up a Bible that I hardly ever use and haven’t used anytime recently at all.
The Lord responded.

Do you know that the very first thing I read, without any intention of doing so, was psalm 51? It was as though Jesus were in the same room, and we were having a conversation. Psalm 51 was playing in my heart and mind and now God was speaking it to me. So gracious, so amazing.

So, what do you think?