Pathway to Joy

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).

A broken spirit…
A broken and contrite heart…

Why a broken spirit? Why a broken and contrite heart? Why is it that a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart is a sacrifice God will not despise?

Why not a joyful heart?

That’s a good question.

Look at it from the opposite position.

  • A broken spirit – A proud spirit
  • A broken and contrite heart – A proud and unrepentant/defiant heart

Now you see why?

The pathway to joy begins with confession and repentance. It is when we see sin as God sees it and turn from our wicked ways that a life of forgiveness and joy is possible.

  • A proud spirit, a proud and defiant heart will never confess.
  • A proud spirit, a proud and unrepentant heart will never turn from their wicked ways.

Listen to what God has to say about a pride and a defiant heart.

  • “I hate pride and arrogance” – Proverbs 8:13
  • “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” – James 4:6
  • “The LORD detests all the proud of heart” – Proverbs 16:5
  • “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” – Proverbs 16:18

The pathway to joy begins with confession and repentance. God is a God who is for-giving.

God loves you. May we offer to God a broken and contrite heart that God may forgive and heal our hearts.

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