PSALMS 51:15-17: “O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”

OBSERVATION: As I write these thoughts there are only 7 days until Christmas. There are those who have already finished all of their Christmas preparations. Yet, there are many more (including me) that still have quite a few things on their list to do before this wonderful celebration. One of the hardest things to do is find a gift for someone that has everything. Have you ever thought of this – “What should I give God for Christmas?”

This is the question that came to my heart as I read these verses this morning. What do you give the One who created all things? What do you give the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills? What do you give the One who holds the stars in His hand? David was faced with this question as he came to the Lord humbly in repentance following his failure with Bathsheba, and the death of Uriah. What could he give the Lord as an expression of his repentance. Should he sacrifice 1000 lambs? Should he give gifts of gold and silver to the Tabernacle treasury? What should he offer to the Lord?

The Lord truly desires only “one thing”. This is the “one thing” He has created, but He does not possess unless it is freely given. This “one thing” is our heart. A broken and and contrite heart is the only gift that the Lord desires. A heart that recognizes its’ sin, recognizes its’ need for a Savior, and humbly offers itself freely and completely to the One who created it. This is a heart of surrender and a heart that is now prepared to receive the Grace of God and respond in worship and praise. This is the heart the Lord desires and will not turn away or despise!

So this Christmas, as we are rushing around to get those last few ingredients, those last few presents, have you remembered the Lord on your gift list? Have you humbled your heart? Have you positioned yourself in true repentance? Have you come to Him in full surrender? Have you offered to Him the sacrifice of worship and praise?

Lord, this morning I come to give you my heart. I bring it freely and completely. I know my lack and my sin and my need for a Savior. Come and create in me a clean heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. This Christmas season, and each day, restore unto me the joy of Your salvation. Fill me and uphold me with your generous Spirit! Lord, receive the gift of my heart I pray – In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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