Psalm 51:17 – Are you broken hearted?

Today’s Reading: Song of Solomon 5:1‐8:14, 2 Corinthians 9:1‐15, Psalm 51:1‐19, Proverbs 22:24‐25

Psalms 51:17 – The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
 a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Context: David’s psalm of confession after Bathsheba.  He pleads for mercy, forgiveness, cleansing and restoration of joy.


  • The sacrifices of God are:
    • A broken (shabar – to break to pieces) spirit
    • A broken and contrite (dakah – crushed) heart
    • God will not despise – distain, or look with contempt on

David exemplifies what a broken spirit and a contrite heart look like in Psalms 51. 

Apply: I want to spend today (and my life) broken and contrite before God.  Specifically, I will get on my knees and pray the words of David in Psalm 51 over my life.

How does the gospel encourage true brokenness?


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