Many, many, many, years ago, I would read Psalm 51, every morning. I did not know who wrote it, what was happening at the time, or why it was significant for me.
Looking back, I understand. God was showing me repentance.
David had done a mighty bad act. Actually, he used sin to cover up sin. In this Psalm, he pours his heart out, he stands naked before God, admitting his sin and asking for forgiveness. This whole psalm is an awakening moment, but what sealed it for me was verses 16-17 (NLT):
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
I was happily married at the time, but it all changed.... I will not go into details, but I often admit, my marriage issues, started with me. But God!! He forgave me, when I had a psalm 51 moment. It was just me and HIM; I came before Him and like David, I admitted my sin and asked for forgiveness, with my heart.
I learned from these verses... words don't mean much, the heart means everything.
I believe on this Christian journey, it is important to remember we are not perfect.
We will make mistakes. Repent with your heart. Move forward.
Read: Psalm 51, Philippians 3: 13-14
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