You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
// Psalm 51:17
David prayed the above words in Psalm 51, after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. He came honestly and simply before God with nothing to offer but his broken heart.
David knew the character of His God; he knew his Father's nature. In fact, here he reminds God of what God doesn't delight in, and what God won't despise. David knew the value God places on a broken heart, so he presented his heart as an offering to God.
Our God gives grace to the humble. He responds to humility and brokenness. James 4 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”.
Today, let's search our hearts and ask God to highlight areas in our lives where pride has taken hold; areas where each of us could turn around and choose humility. Let’s allow the grace of our God to once again completely overshadow and overwhelm us. Let go of what we hold so tightly, and watch God work wonders in and through us, by His great grace!
David's humility and raw trust in His Father is inspiring. None of us are perfect, and none of us will ever be perfect, so let's stop striving and instead place all that focus and energy on walking humbly with our God.
Micah 6:8 says:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercye and to walk humbly with your God.
// Georgie Kelsey