“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17 NIVUK)
“Sorry” is a word rarely heard these days. Even when said, it is often fleeting and accompanied with an inappropriate smile. Sometimes, therefore, I rather cheekily say to the person, “Perhaps you can practice your sorry-face!” Most folk laugh it off and just don’t get it. But, what I’m really trying to do is remind others (and myself) of the truth that to be truly sorry surpasses a spoken word alone. Sorrow (what David calls contrition) goes deeper than a grudging apology. It is more serious than simply being embarrassed to be found out. Sincerely sorry people say so from their hearts – they are affected deeply by what they have done, and are determined not to repeat their failings. They aim at doing better next time, for their own sakes and for the sake of those whom they’ve hurt. That’s the kind of “sacrifice” God honours, rather than the routine and ritualistic type we were thinking of yesterday.