Wednesday’s Word

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise (Psalm 51:17).
Psalm 51 is a psalm wherein the psalmist pleads for forgiveness from God. In this request the psalmist seeks the mercy of God: mercy, which only God has and mercy, which only God can give. The psalmist, believed to be King David, recognized the fact that he had sinned and that all sin is against God. Therefore, David realized the necessity of receiving mercy from God. David understood the consequences of sin and he did not desire to face these consequences.
David realized that sin separates man from God and the thought of that separation devastated him. David knew that sin brought about pleasure, but true joy is found in a united relationship with God. Therefore, David wanted to do whatever was necessary to get back into a favorable relationship with God.
King David also realized that repentance demanded a turning away from sin through a heart and mind determined to submit to God. David pled for a clean heart and a spirit that would be diligent in service to God. No, David was not a man who lived his life without sin; we shall not live our lives without sin. But, we should pray and strive to have a heart that when we sin we desire to repent of that sin and be restored back into that wonderful relationship with God.
Let us understand the seriousness of sin and the faithfulness of God in forgiving our sins.