Psalms 51 and 52 Devotional

Chapter 51 and 52 of Psalms
Here are some excerpts from KJV, , bold print mine, for my emphasis:

51 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
........(chapter 52)...
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Oh how I appreciate this book, Psalms!  See the richness even in these few verses. With humility, there is prayer and wonderful expectation modeled for us in chapter 52, verse 1-3.  How classic is that prayer or message from us to the Lord? Very!

Continuing in that chapter, verse 10, from a position of humility we see the simplicity of faith and relationship between creator and favored creation.  Asking God to open our mouth and bring forth praise rightly directed, is an awesome place to start.  That will equal JOY of our salvation, and lest anyone wonder- the holy spirit was a blessing/ thing even in Old Testament times.  Catch that language in chapter 51?  Also did you catch that God is more interested in our HEART, than a physical sacrifice.  Remember in Old Testament times, animals and various offerings were sacrificed or presented, or burned on an altar before the Lord.

Now Jesus is sufficient sacrifice to pay debt of sin for all who accept and call on Him, but we are called to give something else, our heart, our life (Romans 12:1) and over and over in scripture we see that God appreciated humility (broken contrite heart) over pride and arrogance.

I find chapter 52 verse 7 as interesting for its reference to the habit of some to put trust in money or riches, rather than God.  The very carnal man gives no thought of care to the invisible spiritual world that Christians or Jews or Bible believers believe in.  That is wrong and foolish.

Are YOU humble before the Lord?  Do you look to only your finances or the physical provisions or circumstances for your confidence, or do you have peace and confidence in the invisible as well (your God, your faith)?  Does your allocation of TIME demonstrate faith in God as your  life strength? Or to an outsider might it look like you are only concerned with the physical carnal world?  

Dear Father in Heaven, I pray that you forgive me of my sins through Jesus's blood sacrifice.  Thank you for Your amazing mercy and provision.  Be in control of my life, my mouth. Holy Spirit grow in me wisdom, peace, love, JOY of my salvation.  May my life and the way that I spend my time glorify and honor you. Amen

This post is part of an ongoing series.  You can find more at my sisters' wonderful blogs:
Words From the Wheel by StaceyLynn Wells
No Longer Lukewarm by Angela G.