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Pleasing God

The other day MaryEllen asked me a question most men dread, “Honey, what would you like for Valentine’s?” Immediately, my mind turned to mush and I couldn’t form a reasonable thought. What did I want for Valentines? Of course the normal responses came to mind; some one-on-one time with my spouse, a romantic candle lit dinner, a dozen roses in a new craftsman toolbox (what can I say I’m a helpless romantic). But yet I couldn’t verbalize my desire. I couldn’t tell the one I have loved for over a decade what expression of love would mean the most to me. Instead a simple “idunno” came off my tongue.
Isn’t it wonderful we serve a God who knows exactly what expression of love he desires from His worshipers. In Psalm 51 King David provides us great insight into what God wants most from us. “You do not delight in sacrifices or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God you will not despise.” (verses 16-17). We can’t show God love by the things we do, good or bad. We can’t please God by saying the right words, singing the right songs, or hanging out at church. The only gift God is concerned about it the condition of our heart. He’s desire is for our heart to be broken before Him. For when we are broken, He reaches down to mend us, making us whole. As Valentine’s Day moves closer, think about what God desires most; He wants your heart. God wants your heart broken before Him so we can fully enjoy Him. Are you broken?

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