“My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.” Psalms 51:19.
Our sacrifice to God, the one he desires most from us, is a humbled spirit. He tells us in Micah 6:8 what He wants from us is to do what is right, to love kindness and to walk humbly with Him.
In Hosea 6:6, He tells us He does not want our sacrifice, only our love and knowledge of Him. In Psalm 51:10, we cry out to Him to create a new and right spirit within us. Now we are beseeching Him to accept our sacrifice, which is our broken, humbled heart.
As you can see throughout Scripture, this is God’s desire for us, the humans whom He has created to be a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5). Which is that we offer Him, a gentle, softened, pliable heart.
In the culture in which we are living, this is no small task for a creature becoming increasingly self-sufficient, self-focused, independent and autonomous. And yet, He created us to need Him and to be in a relationship in right order with Him, our fellow human beings and all the earth.
What are you doing today to fulfill this calling to which God has invited us? Due to our free will, this is an invitation, not a command. He beckons and gestures to us all day, every day, to respond to His gentle love with our obedience and acquiescence. Just like a gentle rain, will we allow Him to nourish and provide for us? And will our response to Him be a broken spirit and a broken, humbled heart?
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 extension 718.