Isaiah 66:1-2 Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
CONTRITE: Literally, worn or bruised. Hence, broken-hearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God; humble; penitent; as a contrite sinner.
When I started these devotionals I wondered if I could come up with enough to fill 30 days. This is the 30th one so I guess I made it. I don’t know if any one else will get any thing out of these devotionals, but I sure did. I don’t mean in a literary sense, but as a review of my Spiritual life beginning with age 10. Almost all of them are a testimony of God and how He worked in, through, and around my life. As I proceeded I became more and more aware of what He has and is doing in, and through me, and those around me that I love. My gratitude of His many blessings grew and grew as the stories came into being. I also became more and more aware of how He changed me over the years. I kept praying He would let me see myself as He saw me, I am sure glad He didn’t answer that one all at once, I would not have been able to handle it. As the old saying goes, “He is still working on me”.
As I dug into my memory, which is harder to do now days, I could see how far down the path He has brought me. But more importantly I could see more plain than ever how much further I had to go. I pray I will more and more see sin as God sees it and act accordingly. I also pray for a heart that grows more and more pure, Christ like. How pure is that? I can’t even imagine, but I will know some day when He comes to get me.
1Timothy 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Psalm 51:15-17a O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare Your praise. For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart,.