(Psalm 51:17 NIV- My sacrifice, O GOD, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart YOU, GOD, will not despise.)
As I read today’s focal verse, my heart began to beat with this sonorous and rhythmic sense of admiration, love, esteem, and gratitude for GOD. I instantly felt this deepened, euphoric, and renewed sense of affection for HIM and HIS PRESENCE in my life because resonating in my thoughts and dancing with beauty and grace in my heart and mind, were these words: “My sacrifice, O GOD, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart YOU, GOD, will not despise.”. I was filled with complete and utter joy because sometimes that’s simply all I have to offer to HIM.
By definition the word contrite means: penitent or filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement. I think most of us may perceive today’s focal verse as a welcoming path that directs us to enter GOD’S PRESENCE laying our sins, flaws, and brokenness before HIM in return for HIS love, forgiveness, and grace. And I must say, I believe and utilize it in that aspect in my own life as well.
However, sometimes my heart beats with a sense of contrition that is not necessarily directly due to sin or my mistakes or my shortcomings. Sometimes, I feel the most penitent when I think about the cross and the incomparable sacrifice that JESUS made just for me to have life. HE knew me and foresaw all of the mistakes that I would make and in HIM being acutely aware of all of that, HE still made the to choice to give HIS LIFE for me and to send HIS own SPIRIT to live within me; to love me unconditionally, to comfort me through my every hurt and heartache, to lead me to my greatness, and to give me a heart that deeply desires to carry on HIS legacy and purpose in a world that so desperately and vitally needs HIS PRESENCE, but is so incognizant of it’s brokenness and despair.
I contemplate and wonder— how will I ever be able to repay HIM for it all? I desperately long for HIS sense approval in my life because in my humanness and inspite of my fallibility HE took and accepted me just as I was allowing me to find beauty and purpose within my imperfections. HIS precious and perfect HOLY SPIRIT literally breathed LIFE into my existence.
How do you repay someone who has given their life for you?! That’s what I’ve pondered… But GOD spoke to my heart and said, “Don’t feel guilty about the sacrifice MY SON made for you because HE will forever live on; sitting on the throne beside ME in heaven and within you and my people on the earth. You long to know what you can do to repay such a gift, but repayment is not a requirement.”.
As I thought about what HIS words meant, this verse came to mind. (John 14:15 NIV- “If you love ME, keep MY COMMANDS.) The words that GOD had spoken to me and the verse that HE placed upon my heart simply reminded me that it’s not a requirement, it’s a choice. We choose if we will love HIM or not. We choose whether to follow HIS Will or our own. We make the choice whether we will honor HIM with our lives or not.
I’ve said all of that to say this: my greatest and deepest prayer for you today is that you would choose HIM, that you would make CHRIST the center of your life, and that the ears of your heart would always be keen to the small still whispers of the voice of HIS HOLY SPIRIT breathing and speaking LIFE within you.
Will life always be sunshine, rainbows, smiles, and giggles? Absolutely not. But in those moments choose to seek HIM first. (Psalm 27:8 NKJV- When YOU said, “Seek MY face,” My heart said to YOU, “YOUR face, LORD, I will seek.”) I wholeheartedly know that a heart that sincerely loves and earnestly seeks THE LORD and longs to do and honor HIS Will is a heart that is destined to be preeminently rewarded. (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT- No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what GOD has prepared for those who love HIM.)
We serve a loving and faithful GOD. It’s not always about sacrifice sometimes it’s simply saying, “Yes” to HIS call. (Isaiah 6:8 NIV- Then I heard the voice of THE LORD saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”. And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”) So, I pray that when HE calls, your answer will always be, “Yes, LORD! Here I am. Send me!”.
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