Scripture Reading: Psalm 34:11-18
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:17,18)
God delights in us when we humble ourselves before Him. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” We have to come to the place of brokenness in order to experience the blessings of God. We must admit that we are fallen people, that we have failed God and others. We have to admit our sins and repent of them.
In his Psalm of confession David wrote — “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise” (Psalm 51:17). God knows all about us. He knows our thoughts and even the motives of our hearts. We cannot hide anything from Him. He hears us when we cry out to Him. He delivers us from our sins and troubles. But, He wants us to be honest, for when we are, we will have a broken and contrite heart.
“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:7). Pride is a great sin. It has led to the downfall of many. Proud people usually are self-righteous. They think too highly of themselves. Self-righteousness is our default mode. We must constantly be on guard against it. We must remember that we are righteous only by the grace of God. It is Christ’s righteousness which has been imputed to us that makes us acceptable to God.
When we have a broken and contrite heart, God rejoices over us. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Lord, forgive me for my pride. Forgive me for my self-righteousness. Forgive me when I think too highly of myself. I know that you delight when I humble myself and admit my sins. Thank You for being near to me and for delivering me from all my sins and troubles.
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