God mends the broken human spirit
The Psalms are wonderful, deep felt prayers of King David. During this particular time, the Prophet Nathan came to visit him. In Psalm 51, it speaks about the inner cry of man. That inner cry is the cry for unity with God. Since the existence of Man, we hunger for that inner peace. That inner love of our creator, who we have not seen, yet, in our deepest core, we know that he is around and he loves us. Allow me to break down this deep, personal prayer of the soul!
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love;
according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”
We the creature is echoing our deepest feelings toward the Master. We, like a child, cry out to God most merciful! We know that we are the greatest offender of his love. We are begging him to “wash away” our blackest stain of the soul. It is a stain that has been marked by our bad choices. Our choices are influenced by demons, for they are always plotting our destruction.
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in thy sight,
so that thou art justified in thy sentence and blameless in thy judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
We as humans are fully conscience, fully aware of our crimes before Almighty God. We cannot hide the fact of our actions, for our conscience has convicted us. Because God is a perfect judge, he has the right to condemn us and his judgment is swift. We are born with “original sin”. We carry this stain from the rebellion of Adam and eve.
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; therefore, teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Fill me with joy and gladness; let the bones which thou hast broken rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.”
God who is omni-presence and omnipotent, knows everything. His wisdom is beyond any human understanding. As St. Thomas Aquinas states in his Summa Theologica, that God is the “unmoved mover” Only God can give you the divine gift of purity of the mind, only he can mend a broken heart. He can wash away our stains of our filth and be made whole in his presence.
“Then I will teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners will return to thee.
Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of thy deliverance.”
By God granting his mercy, you can then share with others about his mercy. The Word of God is a double-edged sword, and only by His graces, can he shatter that ice that is around our hearts. We ask him to deliver us from our sinfulness, because without him, we are weak and easily tempted. Our lips are on fire for the Living Word of God and let us sing aloud of his goodness.
“O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.
For thou hast no delight in sacrifice; were I to give a burnt offering, thou wouldst not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
We are begging for the Spirit of the Living God to open our lips. “For out of the mouth of babes, thou have heard perfect praise” is what Jesus told his disciples. God doesn’t want the sacrifice of animals, but the sacrifice of your hearts and souls to him. You will be joined with his perfect will. When one acknowledges that he is torn inside because of his sinfulness, then God can begin to rebuild the broken mind, repair the torn heart and purify the poisoned mind.
“Do good to Zion in thy good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem,
then wilt thou delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on thy altar.”
This final passage is not talking about a physical rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, it is begging God for the rebuilding of the human race! We are all created in his image and we are made to bring true worship to the world. Only then, may we all come together and worship the one true God. The perfect God, the Almighty God who we shall see in his more Perfect way in the Beatific Vision. For those who God has found worthy to be with him in heaven, shall bask in his true and unbroken love. A love that no human love can match. We then can eat with the Lamb that was slain on the Altar for the sins of the world!
Brethren, May you never forget the Love of Almighty God. His desire is that no soul is lost. He wants all of his creation to love and worship him forever! May God’s mercy come upon you and may you find joy in his sight!
God Bless you all,