February 24, Reading 2 – Psalm 51


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SAA Notes

This famous psalm tells us the same lesson as Hebrews 10:1-4. David knew that religious ritual was meaningless in itself. There was nothing that he could do that could wipe out his sin of adultery and murder. He asks God to do something! He hopes in God! Jesus came!

SJA Notes

* God of Wonders, blessed are those who are not offended by You – By the good news preached and proclaimed!

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

When we do the wrong thing it is easy to follow the wisdom of the world. To ignore our wrong. Make excuses. Blame someone else. Try and bargain with God.

David did wrong. This psalm was written after Nathan the prophet came and rebuked David for his murder of Uriah and adultery with his wife Bathsheba (2 Samuel 12).

This psalm points us to a big truth we must wrestle with in our own fallen natures.

God does not want half-baked service or disconnected religion – He wants our hearts humbled, our spirits contrite!

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, …”

Let us put away the wisdom of the world. Let us resist the whisper in our minds to ignore or placate or drift or argue for our self-justification.

Instead, let us continue to take hold of God’s wisdom.

He wants our hearts contrite, our spirits broken – because that reflects TRUTH.

We are responsible for our sin.

God in His sovereignty has saved us from our sin.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God Almighty,

Holy and righteous,

May our hearts be humbled today and onwards, our spirits contrite.

We want to do and be what pleases You.

Thank You Lord.


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