The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Ps. 51:17
God be the Glory on this day for this is the day that the Lord has made and we shall be glad and rejoice in it. The spirit of Lord was upon me this morning directing me to read Psalm 51.
Psalm 51 English Standard Version (ESV)
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him after he had gone into Bathsheba.
51 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19 then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Wow, as I read this chapter the blue highlighted areas stand out to me and I had to ask God what are you saying to me, have I sinned against you God?
In my prayer time this morning, I was asking for strength to accomplish a goal for today; and then I said I’m just going to sacrifice and do it unto the Lord. As I start to study more about this chapter 51:6, You do not desire sacrifice: The key term here is the word desire, which means “to find pleasure in“. God’s pleasure is not in the sacrificed animal as was done in the old days, but in the restored person. He demanded sacrifices, even from David; but His pleasure, is the person who comes obediently to Him (Gen. 4: 1-7); John 4:21-24; Rom 12:1,2). Actions not accompanied by a contrite heart are not acceptable to God (Is. 1:12-20).
Let look at an example in:
Genesis 4:1-7English Standard Version (ESV)
Cain and Abel
4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gottena man with the help of the Lord.” 2 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. 3 In the course of time, Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4 and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6 The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
In chapter 4:4 Abel’s sacrifice was the best that he had to offer- the firstborn and their fat. There are no similar descriptive words for Cain’s sacrifice. That is because, Cain brought a token gift of his produce to the Lord, but Abel brought the very best. God respected or looked with favor first upon the person, then on his sacrifice (Ps.40:6-8). 4:5 Something deficient in Cain’s attitude was reflected in his offering. Instead of repenting of his wrongdoing like David ( Ps. 51), Cain became angry and, we discover, filled with jealousy (v.8).
In my conclusion
Psalm 40:6-8English Standard Version (ESV)
6 In sacrifice and offering, you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering
you have not required. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: 8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
What I did gain this morning from the spirit of the Lord, the Lord takes pleasure in those who obediently come to him with praise on their lips (1 Sam. 15:22, 23). In addition, God want us when giving or helping someone, just don’t do it because you feel it look good in the eye of the Lord and now he is going to give you favor, but check yourself of the why. Am I doing this with a good heart that has joy, love, peace in whatever you are doing?
God be the glory, may this be a blessing as it was for me. Continue growing, learning and sharing because there is greatness in you.
I AM Sharon M Kerr
Encouraging Inspiring and Motivating Lives Forever