Psalm 51

“For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (v15-16).  When we feel guilty, we might try to bargain with God, give more, or be “extra good” to make up for our sin, but as the psalmist learned, what God really wants is truly repentant heart.  Then He can give us a “clean heart” and a “right spirit” (v10).

“You delight in truth in the inward being” (v6).  God doesn’t want us to evade, cover up, or excuse our sin.  When we honestly confess, He is quick to forgive.