Psalm 51:17, James 4:8 NIV 2011
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
David asked God for forgiveness and to cleanse him for the sin he committed with Bathsheba. He knew God did not want an animal sacrifice but rather a changed heart. David confidently prayed God would hear him. Psalm 34:17, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from their troubles.” James wanted the Jewish Christians to draw near to God with clean hearts just as David did. Psalm 24:4, “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” God desires a humble heart and spirit from His faithful followers.
This was posted on a social media sight I follow. “Lord, I humble myself before You. I turn from my sins—search my heart and reveal any ways that I’ve gone astray. Heal this land. Heal my family. And saturate America with your presence and goodness.” This is a humble woman with a spirit for the Lord. For me it’s a moment-by-moment step-by-step process. When I daily humble myself before God, I’m actually turning my heart and spirit over to Him.
How will we come near to God today?
Broken and contrite believers in Christ,