"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: August 9

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God thou wilt not despise” ~ Psalm 51:17

This “purple stone” verse lies close to the center of the answer to all human suffering. Our tendency is to complain about our broken hearts. We despise them! But God does not. “… thou delightest not in burnt-offering … a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Broken hearts can be light-filled entrance ways into the victorious Christian life. The fashion today is for arrogant hearts. “Head held high” is the boast of most of us. “Bloody but unbowed” is the closed door to God. Our blood can avail noting. His blood has already been shed. “Unbowed” hearts are not contrite hearts. And “a broken and a contrite heart” give us entrance into the life deep in God.

This is not because God is trying to smash us. It is because we cannot be made new until we see our need for being new. Until our broken hearts force us to Christ for healing, we too often forget Him and His heart that broke on the cross for love of us. If your heart is broken and contrite, give thanks. You are among the blessed who are in a position to be healed. Don’t complain.

“Be still, and know that I am God … I will heal thee.”

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