The Sacrifices Of God

The Brew Is A Musing

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; and broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  (Psalms 51:17, NIV 1984)

My Musings – A “broken spirit and a contrite heart” are those in which the obstinacy of pride has been replaced by the humility of repentance. (Smith, J. E. (1996). The wisdom literature and Psalms (p. 295). Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co.).  I watched a lot of westerns when I was young (still do when I can).  A spirited horse had to be broken before it could be of any use.  A poor analogy perhaps, but the one that came to mind when I read this verse.  Our pride and self-centeredness must be broken before we can be of any use for the Kingdom.

The sense of broken and contrite in the original language is shattered and crushed.  Seems pretty severe, yet it brings…

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Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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