Psalm 51:13–17 (NRSV)
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you have no delight in sacrifice;
if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.
17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
I read this today and the first verse, 13, really caught my attention. It is a call for me to teach transgressors God’s ways. When I looked up that verse, it brought my attention to verse 17. When I re-read it, I saw that we are called to teach transgressors the way of the broken spirit, not of sacrifice. Simple, not easy!