" The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:
a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
These past couple of weeks I have been memorizing Psalm 51... a psalm where repentance of sins are brought before a HOLY and RIGHTEOUS God.
Do you ever think yourself vile? Do you ever think that you are a sinner?
I know sometimes we don't want to think we are evil... or wicked... or vile. We like to think that we are alright. We are not bad people.
But lately I've been dwelling much upon Psalm 51... in relation to the rest of my daily reading in the old testament.... Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel. If you've ever read through the prophetic books, you'll quickly realize and come away with the knowledge that we are a wicked and vile people...
... and that God is HOLY.
Psalm 51 states it clearly...
" behold I was shapen in iniquity...and in sin did my mother conceive me." (verse 5).
God's people... be it Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel... all came before a Holy God in humbleness.... seeking God's mercy.
And we are to do the same...
Isaiah states: " The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day." (2:11)
Jeremiah states: " Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches." (9:23)
Ezekiel states: " That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of His covenant it might stand." (17:14)
Daniel states: " Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten(humble) thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words." (10:12)
O, that our Holy God would have mercy upon us! For His Holy name's sake.
How of utmost importance... to strip away our pride... for we are to come in the presence of our God seeking His mercy. We deserve nothing.
And so I sat down to put my thoughts in a poem... acknowledging my sinfulness and the need for God's mercy.
How grateful I am that God does indeed show His mercy... to those of a broken and a contrite heart.
" from the multide of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."
The Lord God,
Create In Us A Clean Heart
O Lord, forgive us our iniquities,
Have mercy and purge us from within.
Cast us not away from Thy presence,
Against Thee, Thee only, have we sinned.
We have done wickedly and sinned in Thy sight
Thou alone art righteous and just in Thy ways.
We have rebelled, we have not hearkened,
O God, in mercy teach us to number our days.
According to the multitude of Thy tender mercies,
Help us Thy will and truth to understand.
Make us to apply wisdom unto our hearts,
That in Thy presence clean may we stand.
For Thy name's sake, have mercy on us,
And sprinkle clean waters upon us today.
Cause us to hear and walk in Thy statutes,
Thy HOLY name sanctified in us alway.
Have pity for Thy Holy name's sake,
And create in us a clean heart.
Renew and restore a right spirit,
That praise from our lips shall ne'er depart.
Glory and honor be unto Thee, O God,
For Thou delivereth, and Thou rescueth.
Thou art the living God, steadfast forever.
Great is Thy power that continually worketh!
May God's forgiveness bring restoration to you today...