|“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.” –Isaiah 66:2b
“You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart.” –Psalm 51:16-17
The verse from Isaiah was quoted in a sermon that I heard on Sunday, and as I was doing my devotions this morning, I came across the same verse and it really ministered to me. I am not sure if any of you have ever felt this way, but as soon as I read it, I got an epiphany, and I had to stop for a few minutes and really reflect on it and think about how it applied to my life.
What do these verses say to you about what God wants from you? Many of us do so much for God, giving to the needy, attending Bible studies, reading the word, etc but we often forget the most important part, sacrificing to him our hearts. David in his prayer to God in Psalm 51 said that he would have brought burnt offerings to God to ask for forgiveness, but he didn’t because God doesn’t delight in that, instead he brought a broken spirit and a contrite heart.
When you sin against God, come to him with a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart. Come to him with a remorseful and repentant heart, and he will forgive you. When Nathan went to pronounce death upon David’s life for his sins in 2 Samuel 12, he refrained because David confessed with a broken spirit and a contrite heart. God loves you and doesn’t want to see your downfall, so please do whatever it takes to ensure your salvation.
When you give your life to Christ, become humble and contrite in spirit and let his word move you and change you. Esteem his words like you do your life, even more. When you sacrificially give your spirit and heart to God through praise, prayer and worship, his words will mean more to you, so much that you’ll tremble at the thought of it. Give to him sacrificially! Give to him your broken spirit and contrite heart. Do it today.
Stay blessed and spread the word.