Steps to True Repentance (continued) | Psalm 51:13-19
Today’s Passage: Psalm 51:13-19
Key Verses: Psalm 51:16-17
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.
Psalm 51 is David’s prayer for forgiveness after his great sin of adultery. In this prayer we find seven important truths of true repentance. Here is the final step.
7. Repentance is more than lip service.
There are two types of repentance. One is called “attrition.” This describes a remorse caused by fear of punishment. The Bible calls this “worldly sorrow.” This common type of repentance says, “I’m sorry I got caught.” Attrition is lip service repentance.
A second type of repentance is called “contrition.” Contrition involves a deep remorse for having offended the holy God. It involves a full confession without cover up. It does not blame others or rationalize sin. This is true confession. As David says, “…a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”
Father, bring us to a repentance of contrition. Don’t let us rationalize our sin. Help us to own it and bring it to you with broken and contrite hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.