Summary: The best way back to God after a life rebellion is to be broken,
HOW GOD SEES A BROKEN CONTRITE HEART
If rebellion is the worst place you can be spiritually, and it is, to have a heart that is broken and ready to receive direction from God is right where God wants you. It is the best place to be spiritually.
Psa 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
On a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.
He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.
His father working in the yard saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could.
Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father. It was too late. Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just
as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father, but the father was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.
Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived.
His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father’s fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved.
The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, "But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Dad wouldn’t let go."
You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He’s been there holding on to you.
The Scripture teaches that God loves you. You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril - and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That’s when the tug-of-war begins - and if you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful. He did not and will not ever let you go.
Never judge another person’s scars, because you don’t know how they got them! .
In this lesson I want to notice how God sees a broken and contrite heart.
I. THE BROKEN HEART OF KING DAVID.
I’m sure we are all familiar with the story of David’s sin with Basheba and his conspiracy involving the murder of her husband to cover up his adultery.
2 Sam. 12:1-12.
This was a very critical time for David. He could have had Nathan’s head removed or he could repent.
Notice v. 13-15. Notice his prayer in Ps. 38:1-10.
II. THE BROKEN HEART OF ISRAEL.
You can see the contrition in the heart of Nehemiah as he prays for his sins and the sins of the nation.
III. THE BROKEN HEART OF THE YOUNGER SON
IV. HOW GOD SEES A BROKEN AND CONTRITE HEART.
1. I Kgs 8:46-50 God sees a broken heart as a realization and acknowledgement of our sin. Acts 2:37. Lk. 15:17.
2. God sees a broken heart as understanding the need for forgiveness.
3. God sees a broken heart as having the ability to change.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
4. God sees a broken heart as the desire to do what is right. 2 Cor. 7:9-10.
5. God sees a broken heart as true worship and commitment to Him.
Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.