Broken Contrite Hearts
Psalms 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Broken and contrite hearts are indispensable to have a right and functional relationship with God. Hard hearts keep lost individuals from being saved and ruin the relationship believers need to have with Him. Do you have a broken and contrite heart over your sin from time to time? Do I? When my heart is broken because I did not accomplish something, I lost something that I wanted to keep or I did not get what I wanted, that brokenness is self-centered and God does not bless it. The broken and contrite heart that we need knows we have offended a Holy God who loves us. David often had a broken and contrite heart.
Psalms 51:4: Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Recently I sinned against a total stranger. By the time I was willing to apologize, that stranger was miles away. They would never know that I had sinned against them. The sin could not be undone. It did them no harm but gave me a broken and contrite heart. I was forgiven but all I could do was pray for that stranger. Perhaps that was reason enough for my broken heart. I had been impatient. I did not wait upon the Lord. I deliberately put myself out of reach of that stranger so I would not have to apologize to them. Every now and again I am shocked by the hardness of my heart, in spite of being saved for several decades. If you don*t have a broken and contrite heart, you need to ask the Lord to give you one.
Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
The publican had a broken and contrite heart.
Matthew 26:75: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Peter had a broken and contrite heart. Do you weep bitterly over your sin? Do I?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon devotional on Psalms 73:22: So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee.