|Psalms 51:15-17 |
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth your praise.
16 For you do not desire sacrifice, else would I give it; you do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart,4 O God, you will not despise.
4 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart. Religion is about a change of heart. Your heart and spirit must be broken by God, before you can receive his powerful change by grace to a new heart. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18. (Contrite means: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses.)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17.
For thus says the High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15.
Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart and a new spirit. For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live! Ezek 18:31-32.