Rend Your Hearts

Read Psalm 32 and 51

“For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:16–17, ESV)

I was reminded that God birthed a desire for this fast from our study in Joel where we were called to “rend our hearts and not our garments.” Before we can rend our hearts, however, we must first be pierced through the heart by the Holy Spirit with the word. Do you sense something is wrong? The Spirit may be moving in you to reveal things that aren’t pleasing to God.

That we all sin, goes without mentioning. What we do with sin once it has been revealed is what’s important. King David went 9 months living with unconfessed sin while Gods hand was heavy upon him, and it made him sick. But Gods intention for us is life. The conviction the Spirit brings is intended to move us from our sin into the presence of God. John tells us in his first epistle,

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:8–9, NLT)
The promise of eternal life is to be in relationship with God. This is where we find our joy. But when we allow unconfessed sin to remain, we rob ourselves of Gods promise. So, Rend your hearts! Agree with God concerning your sin. Be specific and tell all your heart to Him for He already knows it. Use David’s reactions to inspire your own. The results of a Broken and contrite heart before God is joy and peace.

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

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