The Essential 100 Day 42: Psalm 51: A Contrite Heart

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar. Psalm 51:16-19

This is the prayer of forgiveness that David prayed after he was shown his sin by Nathan the prophet.  This prayer is an example of why David was called a man after the heart of God.  God was not looking for sacrifices to cast off sin.  He still to this day is not looking for that, Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  God is looking for a broken and contrite heart.  He is looking for humility and an attitude of understanding where we are in respect to Him.  We were born into the sin nature, we all sin, we all fail.  As I said in the blog a few days ago, that David was very godly, and yet he allowed himself to keep his backdoor open and made himself vulnerable to the enemy.  God does not want us to be vulnerable or to leave ourselves open to attack.  He wants us to be vulnerable to Him and know that we can be protected no matter what may come along in life.  Attacks will happen, but we need some good cover, a backdoor that is guarded so that the enemy can’t sneak in and attack us in our “safe place.”  God is looking for an army of men and women that have broken and contrite hearts.  He is looking for bold leaders that can step aside and allow other leaders to come in and bring fresh perspective on things.  Where we are weak, God makes us strong.

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