Posts Tagged ‘Repentance’

Though it be a deep sorrow for sin that God requires as  necessary to salvation, yet the very nature of it necessarily implies delight. Repentance from sin is a sorrow arising from the sight of God’s excellency and mercy, but the apprehension of excellency or mercy must necessarily and unavoidably beget pleasure in the mind of the beholder… How much soever of a paradox it may seem, it is a true that repentance  is a sweet sorrow, so that the more of this sorrow, the more pleasure.”Jonathan Edwards

Oh that we would have this pleasant pain. The pain of sorrow woven together with the greatest joy of knowing and treasuring Jesus!

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john-calvin-2-sizedThe law is nothing else but a preparation unto the Gospel. The faithful cannot profit in the Gospel until they shall first be humbled, which cannot be until they come to a knowledge of their sins. It is the proper function of the law to call the consciences into God’s judgement, and to wound them with fear. Christ is promised only to those who are humbled, and confounded with the sense of their own sins.”

John Calvin

How can God be worshiped? This morning I was reading from David’s song of repentance from Psalm 51, and I came across this verse that brought me to meditate upon what God desires from us. Verse 17 says:

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

God wants us broken before His holy throne. He wants us humbly bowed down admitting failure to live up to His standards. He will not despise the broken heart. David came humbly broken before God and was described by God as “a man after God’s own heart.” Truly there is none righteous, no not one! We have all sinned, and fall short of God’s righteous standard.

In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector from Luke 18 we see this same thing. The one who is justified is not the self-righteous Pharisee, but the lowly tax collector; the sinner who cried out for mercy. After telling the parable Jesus goes on to say, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.Luke 18:14.

So how will you worship God? There is only one way. Come before Him with a humble, broken, contrite heart. God will not turn you away. Just as He did not despise David or Peter, He will not despise you as you bow before Him. May God be our only boast, for we are but sinners saved by grace. Any good thing that comes out of us is the fruit of His grace.

I now close with Jeremiah 9:23-24, “Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

J. C. Hahne