God Doesn’t Want Sacrifice But Instead – A Broken Spirit

How do you please God? What does it take?
Does attending worship do it? Yes, but that is definitely not all.
Does giving do it? Yes, but again, that’s not all.
Does helping others do it? Yes, but again, that’s not all.
You want to know what pleases God? Psalms 51:16-17 says it as clearly as it can be said.          The Psalmist said, “For you do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it. You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalms 51:16-17).
Think about those verses… “You do not delight in sacrifice…and you are not pleased with burnt offering…” When the people went to worship, they offered sacrifices in their worship… but the Psalmist is saying, “God isn’t pleased with your sacrifices”
Then, David hits the nail on the head. He says, “The sacrifices of God are a BROKEN SPIRIT and a CONTRITE HEART.”
Now let’s let those words sink into our hearts…
God wants a BROKEN SPIRIT… that means God wants humility from us… And a CONTRITE HEART… that means a repentant heart…
Every Sunday, Christians gather for worship… we sing… we give… we hear a sermon… and we may even talk about how bad the world is and how “those sinners” outside the walls of church need to get right and be more like us. But that doesn’t impress our God one bit. God sees our heart… and many times, our hearts are filled with pride.
In many ways, the church… Christians… you and I… we are going through the motions and God isn’t impressed. God wants a broken spirit..
Until our hearts are broken… until we see the sin in our hearts… until we see the pride that has developed in our hearts… we will not see America changed.
So stop thinking you can just go to church every Sunday and God is pleased. Stop thinking you can listen to Christian music 24/7 and God is pleased. Stop thinking you can go to a jillion Bible studies and God is pleased. God is pleased when our hearts are broken and we are humble in spirit. God is pleased when we realize we aren’t the cats meow but instead, we are sinners standing before a Holy God.
O God… humble my spirit… in order that I can be right with you.

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