DayBreaks for 3/15/16: Break Me!
NOTE: Galen will be traveling for the next 10 days or so. You will be receiving messages from the DayBreaks archive during that time! From the DayBreaks archive, 2006:
Scripture: Ps 54:6-7 – I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you; I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good. For you will rescue me from my troubles and help me to triumph over my enemies. – NLT
This Psalm was written when David was in hiding, and the Ziphites had gone to king Saul and told him, “We know where David is hiding.” He was being betrayed.
It is interesting how this first verse is worded. David could have simply said, “I will sacrifice an offering to You” and we would have said that it was good and fitting that he should do so. But apparently, David realized that just an offering wasn’t good enough. It was the nature of the offering that he drilled in on and which caught my eye.
David says he’ll offer a VOLUNTARY offering. It is only a voluntary offering that matters to God. God, being the absolute power in the universe, could have demanded from David (and even today from us) offerings and He could have forced them from us. He could have demanded our firstborn. He could have demanded that we mutilate ourselves with fire and knives. He could have demanded that at some point we take our own life – trusting that we would somehow be “caught” by Him in our descent to the nether world. But God has clearly noted that what he wants is a voluntary offering – and in particular “a broken and contrite spirit.”
We often think (or are afraid) that God wants some great thing from us – something that we may be unable (or unwilling) to give. He doesn’t. He wants broken hearts – like David’s when confronted by Nathan. That’s all. And that is only one of the reasons that God is good. Could a truly “good” God demand anything further from us, knowing our weakness and our ability to deliver anything to Him except for our brokenness?
God’s specialty is binding up that which is broken (Isa. 61:1-3, NLT) – The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion–to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
I need to focus more on giving God what He truly wants from me – not just what I think He wants. Brokenness for sin is a good thing – not a bad thing. Break me, Lord Jesus!
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, create in me a clean heart. Show us our sin so we may confess and repent before You and there find Your tender forgiveness. Help our sacrifices to You to be voluntary, born out of love and thankfulness rather than duty. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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