A Contrite Heart – Psalm 51

Psalm 51

Imagine that you found yourself attracted to your best friend’s husband, and while she was out of town on a business trip, you invited him over and you had an affair. Afterwards, you found out you were pregnant. You tried to cover it up, but when you realized you were about to be caught, out of desperation, you cut the brakes on your dear friend’s car. She then died in a tragic accident and you were now free to marry her widow.

That story sounds like a Lifetime movie, right? It also sounds twisted and evil, but it was under similar circumstances that God’s beloved King David married Bathsheba who would eventually give birth to Israel’s next king, Solomon.

It is this story of great sin, repentance, and God’s unending mercy that inspired Psalm 51.

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

Psalm 51:17

Despite David’s many failings, he always repented with a sincere heart once he realized his transgressions. And although he constantly struggled, God used him in mighty ways.

Sister, God can and wants to use you as well, no matter what skeletons are in your closet. No one is too far gone for God to redeem.

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”

Psalm 51:1-2

If you have struggled with shame, please know that God does not shame you. He wants repentance, a contrite heart, but your past has been made clean. You no longer have to walk in shame. You can stand tall knowing God has made you whole.

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Comments 2

  1. Such a good reminder! Satan can use shame to paralyze us. We definitely need to remember that we have a Heavenly Father who knows us fully and loves us. He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him and He will heal us. God’s Word is filled with hope for everynheart. Thanks for sharing!

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