Devotional February 15

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:17 (ESV)

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

On this second day of Lent, we delve into Psalm 51 once again, focusing on the profound truth expressed in verse 17. Here, the psalmist reveals a profound insight into the nature of God’s desire for our worship. It’s not elaborate offerings or external rituals that God seeks, but a broken and contrite heart.

Psalm 51:17


In a world that often values strength, self-sufficiency, and outward appearances, this verse calls us to a different understanding of what is precious in God’s sight. The Lord cherishes a heart that recognizes its own brokenness, a spirit that acknowledges its need for God’s mercy and grace.

Consider your own heart today. Are there areas where brokenness resides? Are there aspects of your life that need to be surrendered to God? Reflect on the beauty found in acknowledging our vulnerability before God, recognizing that it is in brokenness that true healing begins.


Gracious and compassionate God, we come before you with hearts laid bare. We recognize the truth of Psalm 51:17, that the sacrifices you desire are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. In our brokenness, we find the honesty to admit our need for You.

Lord, we offer you the pieces of our hearts that may be fractured, wounded, or burdened. In your mercy, gather those fragments and shape them into a heart that beats in rhythm with yours. May our contrite spirits be the offerings that bring you delight.

As we continue our Lenten journey, teach us the beauty of surrender, the richness found in humility, and the depth of your love that restores and transforms. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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