A Contrite Heart

“For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart-these, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:16-17).

In the Old Testament sacrificial system of worship, brokenness through death was physically required of the animals that were slain. The broken sacrifice became the representation of the atonement for the sins of the worshiper, as well as, the symbolic sacrifice of one’s self.

The Law of Moses required that the sacrifices must be spotless, without blemish, or sickness. A crippled or blemished animal that was worthless to the owner would reflect the perception of the worshiper as to the worthiness of God. Therefore, if it were to be offered as a sacrifice, it would reveal the insincerity of the worshiper and be a dishonor to God.

We no longer worship at a physical altar through the sacrifice of an animal, as in the Old Testament. Our altar of service and devotion to God is in our hearts, and God is worthy of our very best. Whether we are in our devotional times of worship and prayer, or in our service to Him, we must honor the Lord with our best and most sincere expressions and efforts. He is worthy of our best!

Consider the altar of your heart. What has been the quality of the sacrifices of your praise, prayer, worship, and service? Purpose to give the Lord your best and do not give Him your leftovers of time, energy, emotion, and strength. Remember, He is worthy of your best!

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