Broken, To Be Made Whole

Psalm 51:14-19

 

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

David once again asks for deliverance. He doesn’t want to feel the guilt of taking somebody else’s blood. I can’t imagine what that is like. I have a good friend who fought in Vietnam and took the lives of many people over there. The blood guiltiness still rattles his mind every once in awhile. Combat vets carry around the images of those that they have killed for years. We need to pray for all of them, that God will deliver them from blood guiltiness and cleanse their mind to know that what they did was a good thing for freedom. Many of our service men suffer because of what they did in the field. They need to know that their sacrifice what’s worth every penny.

David is ready to praise the Lord again. You look back and you see the remorse and the guilt and shame. You see him pleading for deliverance from his sin. And now here he is ready to praise the Lord.  Oh, how I admire David’s ability to bring up praise from inside no matter what he’s going through. He just loves to praise God. I want to be more like that. I want the praises of God on my lips 24 hours a day. Because He is worthy.

Verse 15 should be our calling card every morning – “Open my lips Lord and my mouth shall show forth thy praise”. Just give me a minute to open my mouth God. Once my mouth is open it’s praise that’s going to come out. I’m not going to put down my enemy, I’m not going to be discouraged, I’m not going to be depressed. If you open my lips you’ll hear praise God. Because that’s what my heart wants to do.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

These two verses fly in the face of everything the Jews did to worship God. If you go back into the Book of Leviticus, especially the first 10 chapters, you will see how the sacrifices were laid out. Sacrifices had to be given  as a covering for sin for the people. But David said that God does not desire sacrifices., that he does not delight in burnt offerings. If you stopped right there the whole nation would be lost not knowing how their sin could be covered. This is an unbelievable statement by David. But it’s an inspired statement.

The reason it’s inspired is that David realizes that it is not the sacrifice that important. It’s just spirit in which the sacrifice is given that’s important. If we go to God with a sacrifice and have something against a brother we’re supposed to correct that first, then give our gift (Matt 5:23-24) before going to Jesus. Our sacrifices have to be given in the right frame of mind. He said the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a broken and a contrite heart. God wants us broken before him so that He can put us back together. And if He puts us back together He’ll do it right. After all he is the potter and we are the clay (Jeremiah 18):1-4).  If we allow him to he can mold us into the vessel that he desires us to be. But in order for Him to do that we need to be broken.  We have become our own vessel and until God forms the vessel it’s hard for Him to use it.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

David finishes up the Psalm by asking God to do his good pleasure in Jerusalem and Zion. He asked him to strengthen the city against the enemies and he says that God will be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness. You can see at the end of verse 19 that David doesn’t believe that the sacrifices of Leviticus should be completely done away with. That’s not really what he was talking about in verse 16. He wants the people to give the sacrifices in the right spirit. God wants us to give our tithes and offerings and our service to him in the right Spirit as well. He is pleased when we do righteousness. Let’s make sure we remain broken before God so that he can use us the way he desires to.

 

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