The Gift

The Gift
Wisdom Hunter Devotional
It is hard to accept the gift of salvation when we keep trying to help God provide it.  Psalm 51 (vs. 1-19) is thought to be a Psalm of David, written when his adulterous affair with Bathsheba was exposed by God’s prophet, Nathan.  Only God could restore the relationship broken by David’s sin.  As David laid bare his heart and soul, he said to God: 
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise.  (vss. 16—17).
No good work we might do will make God love us more.  No sin we might commit will make God love us less.  Completely at His mercy and secure in His love, we pray to the Father: 
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (vs. 10)
The self-righteous won’t pray that prayer and the self-sufficient don’t feel the need to pray it.  Those who are whole may not need a physician, but those of us who are broken need Him every hour.