15O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
(Psalm 51:14-19, King James Version)
A Broken Spirit
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.As I read this verse, I thought of a passage from Ecclesiastes 7:
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.Sadness and grief are not necessarily bad things. As a matter of fact, in the large scheme of life, good character is built from times of great affliction.
What does God desire the most from us? Does God desire most our sacrifices--our good works? No, and that is the point the Psalmist is making. God does not need our great talents, our wealth, or our good works! God desires most a broken spirit: i.e. our broken and contrite hearts.
The children of Israel were filled with pride, but where did that pride lead them? They did not want God to rule them, they wanted a king. However, just as God predicted, their kings became filled with pride and arrogance and left off serving God. Did God need them? Were His plans ruined forever when His chosen people rejected Him?
No, of course not! In just the same way, there is no room in the Christian's heart for pride or arrogance. Are we any better than the unsaved around us? Do we have a special corner on God because we believe? No!
When we look at the unsaved around us, rather than being filled with pride, we should be overcome with humility. Salvation is all of Christ, and none of us! We can do nothing better than spend our lives praising and worshiping God. With the Psalmist, let us cry out to God, O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
What does God desire most from us? A broken spirit!
God Bless You,