[Calvary Chapel] 2017-11-23 - What Can We Bring?

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Psalms 51:16-17
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

David has been confronted by the Prophet Nathan over David's adultery with Bathsheba. David is asking God to be gracious to him and to "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity" (v2a). David continues to recognize God for his omnipotence, what God desires. David's asks to be cleansed of his sin.

despise - transitive verb - 1, to look down on with contempt or aversion 2. to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful (www.Marriam-Webster.com)

In the verse above David acknowledges that God is not interested in the things we can do for Him for repentance. A very strong word is used to emphasize the point - despise. Our humbled heart is what God will not despise when we come to Him for forgiveness. He knows our hearts. He knows when we are genuine in our desire to turn from sin. If that is how we come to the Lord asking to be forgiven we will be restored.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Thank You, Lord. You know our how frail we are. Our hearts and minds can so easily be deceived. In a moment we allow ourselves to be tempted. When we come to our senses we know our foolishness and regret our choices. And still You stand ready to restore us if we will bring our broken spirits to You. Thank you for your grace and mercy to Your children. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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