Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 51:7-15 NLT
[7] Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

[8] Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me— now let me rejoice.

[9] Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.

[10] Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

[11] Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

[12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

[13] Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.

[14] Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.

[15] Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

Reflection . . .

A brief outine of Psalm 51 shows us

Stanza 1, “Have mercy on me . . . “
Stanza 2, “Purify me . . . “
Stanza 3, “Restore to me . . . “
Stanza 4, “You do not desire a sacrifice . . . The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.”

This pattern of asking for Mercy (poverty of spirit), Cleansing (confession), Restoration (renewal), and Relationship (humbleness before God), give us a beautiful picture of what is involved in the first Beatitude in Matthew 5:3 which is all about a broken spirit before God.

Stanzas 2 & 3 above are at the core of a life lived that is Broken & Contrite before God. Amen!