Today’s Scrip-Bit 31 October 2009 Psalm 51:17‏

Psalm 51:17     The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
 
Oh Friends, it’s another day! We’ve been graciously given another chance by our most forgiving and merciful God to put our  wrongs of yesterday behind us and begin afresh today. What a generous and magnanimous deity! Today’s Bit is taken from Bruh David’s prayer for cleansing and forgiveness after he’d sinfully lain with Bathsheba and caused her husband Uriah to be purposely killed in battle, but making it look natural. Bruh David knew that he’d done a great wrong, committed much sin, so when the prophet Nathan accused him to his face, he was quick to repent and ask for the Lord’s mercy. ‘Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy LOVING-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgression: and my sin is ever before me.’ (Ps.51:1-3) The point is that Bruh David knew he was doing wrong when he set his disgusting plan in action, and even when he seemed to have pulled it off successfully, I’m sure his conscience must have bothered him at times. Though he was a lusty man with human appetites, he was also deeply religious and faithful to God, and no one who’s really conscientious can live with such an awful sin and not have it rattle them occasionally. That’s why when Nathan confronted Bruh David, (2 Sam.12) letting him know that his sin was found out and would be publicly punished though committed in secret, he quickly repented. ‘And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord.’ (2 Sam.12:13) In the psalm he writes: ‘Against thee, thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou might be justified (be found just) when thou speakest, and be clear (blameless) when thou judgest,’ (Ps.51:4) I’ve always wondered how Nathan found out, but Friends that really doesn’t matter nuh, the important thing is that he did. And as Jesus said later on, anything done in darkness will surely come to light. (Luke 12:3) So it’s no use hiding our sins cause at some stage of the game they will come out publicly and make us look foolish and /or hypocritical, while God knows them from the beginning and sets the wheels in motion for us to pay the necessary price. Now the Lord forgave Bruh David. He did not strike him down, but he paid a hefty penalty for a moment’s lustful pleasure by losing his first born child by Bathsheba, some of his kingdom and serious problems with his children. Now was the pleasure worth the consequent pain? I doubt it. Friends, the Lord knew that Bruh David was human and thus capable of sin, but such a terrible conspiracy was certainly unbecoming of a man in his position, whom the Lord had specifically raised up to lead His people. In that respect he behaved just like Saul, jealous and vindictive. It was a rather poor example of leadership and faithfulness on Bruh David’s part, and what seems to have irked the Lord the most is that it gave His enemies an opportunity to blaspheme Him, it brought His Holy Name into sad disrepute. (2 Sam.12:14) Now in those times it was normal to offer burnt offerings and sacrifices in atonement for sins. However, as Samuel had sadly informed Saul, the previous king: ‘Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice; and to hearken than the fat of rams.’ (1 Sam.15:22) Bruh David obviously knew this, as he declares: ‘For thou desirest not sacrifice; else I would give it: thou delightest not in burnt offerings. (Ps.51:16) Fortunately he also knew what the Lord desired. ‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart.’ Yes my people, that’s what our God requires of us, especially since Jesus’ death made burnt offerings and sacrifices unnecessary. Now it’s only the individual’s penitence that’s important. Is your spirit broken, has it been crushed? Have you been brought low enough to recognize your wrongdoing and admit it? And Friends, once that has been accomplished, are we ready to say we’re truly sorry and mean it, mean it so that God can look at our broken, humbled heart and see real repentance and sorrow? Isaiah also trumpeted this requirement. ‘For thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ (Isa.57:15) Yes my people, God abides both in eternity and the hearts of the contrite and humble. Bruh David also expressed that sentiment. ‘The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of contrite spirit.’ (Ps.34:18) That says it all Friends. We have to be truly sorry for our wrongdoings if we expect the Lord to be merciful to us. We can’t just mouth the words, that feeling of humility, repentance and sorrow must dig deep in our souls, deep enough to bring about a substantial change in our behaviour, and turn us back from the lost, lustful jungle of the world, to the straight, narrow and righteous path of the Lord. Anything less than that is not acceptable in God’s eyes, my Friends. And as Bruh David rightfully claims; ‘O God, thou wilt not despise.’ That’s for sure my people. Our God will not despise us if we are truly repentant and contrite. Consequently, let us seriously attempt to live righteous and godly lives nuh, so that we won’t have to turn to God too often with sad, contrite, and repentant hearts. Much LOVE!…remember…prevention is always better than cure…
 

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