Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”


When you hear that phrase “a broken heart” you probably immediately think of someone who has been hurt by someone else. A boy dumps a girl or vice versa, leaving them heart broken. A child forsakes his family, thus breaking his parents’ hearts. We automatically think of something bad.

But not in this verse. David has repented of his adultery and murder and now is begging God’s forgiveness. He knows that only through having his heart broken in repentance is he truly repentant. Just saying “I’m sorry” doesn’t cut it. God knows his motive. David knows that he must truly repent to receive the forgiveness he so desires.


Can’t you tell, as a parent, when your child is truly remorseful for something? You may catch your children fighting or arguing, so you tell them to stop and tell each other they are sorry. Little Gertrude wants to hug her brother and make up, but Bobbie Joe wants nothing of it. He mumbles an apology, but you can tell he has NOT forgiven anyone.

We have to take our children to scripture to explain true repentance. What better passage of scripture than Psalms 51. Without going into all the details about David’s sin, you can show them how David came to the Father for forgiveness. You can explain to them that we must come to the same Father to confess our sins. Until we do, we are miserable and unusable.

How about you? Have you been to the altar lately? Have you gone there with a broken heart over your sins? Have you truly repented or are just sorry for getting caught? Will you bare your soul today to the Father? He wants full fellowship with you. Come to Him.


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