“My sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart (broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent), such, O God, You will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17
A broken heart or contrite spirit is something that God can use to cleanse our souls, bring restoration and healing, while rebuilding us into the image of His son, Jesus. In essence, a broken heart or contrite spirit can serve as a door to being made whole, in Christ. Interestingly enough, Christ is THE Door that leads to eternal salvation, freedom from the bondage of sin and fellowship with our Father/Creator.
But, the bondage of sin and hardness of our hearts can prevent us from walking through the doors of our own pain, to Jesus and through Calvary. It’s equivalent to standing in a room, with no actual door. You can see through the doorway all that goes on outside. Outside, in the context of following Jesus, is where we need to be. We hear/can see how following Him would be. But, some of us don’t walk through that Door…even if we can see how beautiful the outside looks…while sitting inside. It robs us of transparency and humility before the Father, which in tune prevents us from experiencing Godly sorrow and receiving the cleansing healing that is necessary for our sanctification.
What does it mean, biblically, to be contrite? Penitent, Regretful, Remorseful, Repentant, Sorry, Apologetic, and Ashamed. Unfortunately, some may allow bitterness, resentment, and anger to be the result of their broken state. True contrition doesn’t leave a humble person immobilized, hardened or embittered. Contrition contrasts the spirit that is proud, arrogant, conceited and self-righteous. This is a hard-hearted spirit.
As it stands now, my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite (the Hebrew word: Dakka says it’s crushed). But, based on what the scripture says…He will not despise me. He is near to the broken hearted and rescues those with a contrite spirit. As I continue this season, I will continue to place at His feet my broken and contrite heart with hopes of true healing, restoration and wholeness that can only be done by Him. I need it. I want it. Whether what got me here was as a result of something done to me, or something I did…His grace, love and mercy is willing to meet me where I am and take me to where He wants me to be. In Jesus’ name…
Check out this teaching for more encouragement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYEFYSH7ZKY
In His service,