OYB March 8

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Numbers 10, Numbers 11:1-23
NT: Mark 14:1-21
Ps: Psalm 51
Pr: Proverbs 10:31-32

Today´s notable verses:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)

I hear these verses and am reminded of an old campfire song, "Create In Me a Clean Heart" - beautiful words themselves, and a powerful prayer; but what stands out to me is the next verse:

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.

Psalm 51:13 (NIV)

A foreshadowing of the Great Commission! What is the reason (or outcome/result) of this prayer? To spread the Word, and to reach the lost! I always considered the "campfire song" to be introspective - but the Psalmist considered it to be a means or motivation to proclaim God to the world. Wow - what a paradigm shift!

A little further down we find these verses:

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.

Psalm 51:16-17F (NIV)

Yet more prophetic insight from the Psalmist: what wisdom and understanding, to realize that the sacrifices - and thus the Law - reflected something greater, and represented something much deeper and more intimate. God didn't desire the sacrifice, but the contrition of heart that led to the sacrifice. What a revelation!

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - How does Psalm 51 speak to you? Can you imagine yourself praying any of these lines to God? Have you ever prayed Psalm 51 to God? Or have you prayed other Psalms to God?

In this Psalm, David's openness, honesty, forthrightness, and humility stand out. I am reminded that Godly sorrow leads to this same brokenness of spirit and contrition of heart, and produces Godly results (II Corinthians 7:10-11).