July 19 – Delightful Sacrifices

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17 (NASB)

When we consider, with our own powers of reason, our Christian lives may not always make sense. But God promises that living for Jesus Christ is a sense of blessing and rejoicing in God. How can this be? In our own eyes and according to our own reasoning, some of the things we encounter as Christian seem so out of place. However, they are exactly what helps us to engage in God’s understanding and relinquish our own. They deepen our trust and faith in God’s promises. The previous verse (Psalm 51:16) teaches us that some sacrifices we are making to God actually do not interest Him. There are sacrifices we are willing to afford and offering them makes us look good to others. But God is not interested in how we look to others. He desires our sacrifice of submission to His will. Never yet has God snubbed a lowly, weeping and contrite heart. God is love, and Jesus is the man who accepts repentant sinners. He doesn’t desire what we are willing to sacrifice, but our penitent hearts he is what He delights in. Each one of them is like the sweet aroma of true sacrifice.