The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.Psalm 51:17

What a brutally honest prayer, David was saying that just the religious sacrifice is not good enough, repentance is a deep work of God’s Spirit in our hearts. We are not capable of even beginning the process of repentance and change until the Spirit of God begins His work upon our hearts. David was experiencing what he called a broken heart, a hearten broken by his sudden awareness of his sinful condition. He had sinned against God and found himself hopelessly alienated from the Lord. David had become painfully aware of his need for God’s mercy and God’s favor of repentance. He said the true sacrifices that are pleasing to God were not lambs and goats but were the sacrifices of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Luther spoke of the blessedness of approaching God with a broken heart in his comments about this psalm.

“David talks about “a broken and contrite heart.” In other words, this is a sincerely humble heart that is almost dying out of despair. David is saying that God doesn’t hate a broken and contrite heart, but rather accepts it with joy. The message we proclaim brings life and God’s approval to us because it strengthens us and fights against sin and death. In fact, the gospel demonstrates its power when we are sinful and weak. It’s a message of joy that can be experienced only when sorrow and distress are present.
In this psalm, we read that God finds no sacrifice more pleasing than a broken heart. The tax collector exemplified this attitude when he said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). The tax collector offered the Lord the most desirable sacrifice, a broken heart that trusts in God’s mercy. This is a comforting way to think about God. God’s true nature is to love people who are troubled, have mercy on those who are broken-hearted, forgive those who have fallen, and refresh those who are exhausted. This psalm calls us to trust in God’s mercy and goodness alone. It encourages us to believe that God is on our side even when we feel abandoned and distressed.”

Do you have a broken heart today? Maybe you heart was broken because you have disappointed yourself and the Lord in your actions. Or maybe your heart has been broken by a series of disappointments in your life. David had tasted both kinds of broken hearts. His heart was broken because of his sin against the Lord with his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba. David’s heart was also broken by the betrayal and rebellion of his son Absalon. In both of these incidents David was brought to the end of himself. He had no solutions to his problems, only God’s help and intervention would see him through. The Lord met David in both incidents. David found forgiveness, protection, sustenance, and and renewal from the Spirit of the Lord. If you have a broken heart today, take courage, the Lord seems to be strangely attracted to the cries and prayers of the broken heart.

6 Replies to “BROKEN HEART”

  1. Awesome Pastor Frank! As I was driving yesterday I found myself thinking of this very verse (Psalm 51:17). It seems the last six years of my life have not only been a time of breaking but I have felt crushed beyond measure. But, beyond our strength is a good place to be. God works all things for our good and will use any circumstance if we trust Him. I am convinced that this place of breaking is one everyone should visit as when we come to our lowest we can look up and see Him (as always) at His highest. Total dependence on God is a place of great strength and imminent victory. It is also the place where He and He alone gets all the glory.
    Much love in Christ,
    your brother Larry.

  2. Love that , The Lord met David in both incidents and he found forgiveness, protection(tsaw-fan) Dick Mills devotional for today said that it computes as:proteceted, covered over, secretly hidden”. It indicates those are made inaccessible by the protection of God, those guarded and defeneded by the Lord. Thank you Lord !! Amen!

  3. Frank -as you probably know by now-Bill Tyler my husband of 46 years died August 23, 2012. I am so broken hearten-we had just started coming back to fellowship with believers and studying scriptures again, when i awoke one morning and he was gone. I have felt so bad that the night before we did not pray, and when i found him i didn’t pray. my heart has broke again that i did not pray for my husband. He is gone now i can’t change that and i have asked forgiveness for my actions-it has helped that God is close to the broken hearted, as i need His closeness to pull me through this. It is hard for me to believe this is for my good, when i feel that if I had stayed in constant prayer maybe Bill would not have died. I want to believe that God has a time for us to died and nothing i could have done would change this-am i thinking correctly or am i just trying to console myself? Please answer when you have the time-thank you,
    as Bill would say “here, there or in the air”
    Phyllis Tyler

    1. Phyllis
      I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine your pain, Parris and I have been married 39 years, I cannot imagine life without her in my life. All I know is this, the Lord is a very present help in time of trouble. He comes closest when we hurt the most. Nothing you could have done or didn’t do could have changed anything. The Lord has an appointed time for us to go be with Him. You can be thankful that you and Bill returned to christian fellowship before he passed. The Lord is with you. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.

  4. So TRUE, thank you, for my transformation in you. Thank you Holy Spirit my helper,my guider. Thank you Father for my NEW coat that you have given me to Glorify you. The old is gone. It’s ALL for your Glory. Fill me more and more of your precious gifts of the nine fruits you’ve given us. I am so in LOVE with you. Great word Pastor Frank, love all of you. Blessings.

  5. We will be praying for you sister, its a hard time when we lose loved ones been there myself, But this we know we sleep in the Lord, when we pass over its a new beginning, we really dont die, when I realised this it was so much easyer to handle my lose, He is our resurection and the life, we belong to him, to be absent from the physical body is to be in the presence of the Lord and if I go before He returns I know in my heart its going to be great! its hard because we miss our loved ones, The Lord gave me alot of comfort when I really needed it. He is coming back and those that loved him will rise up and meet him in the air death will never have victory over those that love our Lord you cant kill a Christain we come back!

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