A Broken Spirit

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart,

O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)

If you and I have a broken spirit, all idea of our own importance is gone. What is the use of a broken heart? Why, much the same as the use of a broken pot, or a broken jug, or a broken bottle! Men throw it on a dunghill. Hence, David says, “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17), as if he felt that everyone else would despise it.

Now, do you feel that you are of no importance? Though you know that you are a child of God, do you feel that you would not give a penny for yourself? You would not wish to claim the first place; the rear rank suits you best, and you wonder that you are in the Lord’s army in any rank at all.

O brothers, I believe that the more God uses us, the less we shall think of ourselves; and the more he fills us with his Spirit, the more will our own spirit sink within us in utter amazement that that he should ever make use of such broken vessels as we are!

Well, now, indulge that feeling of nothingness and unimportance; not only indulge it as a feeling, but go act upon it, and be you in the midst of your brethren less than the least; humble yourselves in wonder that God should permit your name to stand on the roll of his elect at all.

Admire the grace of God to you, and marvel at it in deep humiliation of spirit. That is part of the sacrifice that God will not despise.

(Charles H. Spurgeon - At the Master’s Feet)

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2 Samuel 22:1-4

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies
.”

2 Samuel 22:50

Therefore I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the Nations,
And sing praises to Your name


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The Heart

1. Issues of life are out of. Pr 4:23

2. God

Tries. 1Ch 29:17; Jer 12:3
Knows. Ps 44:21; Jer 20:12
Searched. 1Ch 28:9; Jer 17:10
Understands the thoughts of. 1Ch 28:9; Ps 139:2
Ponders. Pr 21:2; 24:12
Influences. 1Sa 10:26; Ezr 6:22; 7:27; Pr 21:1; Jer 20:9
Ceates a new. Ps 51:10; Eze 36:26
Prepares. 1Ch 29:18; Pr 16:1
Opens. Ac 16:14
Enlightens. 2Co 4:6; Eph 1:18
Strengthens. Ps 27:14
Establishes. Ps 112:8; 1Th 3:13

3. Should be

Prepared to God. 1Sa 7:3
Given to God. Pr 23:26
Perfect with God. 1Ki 8:61
Applied to wisdom. Ps 90:12; Pr 2:2
Guided in the right. Pr 23:19
Purified. Jas 4:8
Single. Eph 6:5; Col 3:22
Tender. Eph 4:32
Kept with diligence. Pr 4:23

4. We should

Believe with. Ac 8:37; Ro 10:10
Serve God with all. De 11:13
Keep God’s statutes with all. De 26:16
Walk before God with all. 1Ki 2:4
Trust in God with all. Pr 3:5
Love God with all. Mt 22:37
Return to God with all. De 30:2
Do the will of God from. Eph 6:6
Sanctify God in. 1Pe 3:15
Love one another with a pure. 1Pe 1:22

5. No man can cleanse. Pr 20:9

6. Faith, the means of purifying. Ac 15:9

7. Renewal of, promised under the gospel. Eze 11:19; 36:26; Heb 3:10

8. When broken and contrite, not despised by God. Ps 51:17

9. The pure in, shall see God. Mt 5:8

10. Pray that it may be

Cleansed. Ps 51:10
Inclined to God’s testimonies.  Ps 119:36
United to fear God. Ps 86:11
Directed into the love of God. 2Th 3:5

11. Harden not, against God. Ps 95:8; Heb 4:7

12. Harden not against the poor. De 15:7

13. Regard not iniquity in. Ps 66:18

14. Take heed lest it to be deceived. De 11:16

15. Know the plague of. 1Ki 8:38

16. He that trusts in, is a fool. Pr 28:26


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