JULY 11 - Isaiah 57:15 and Psalm 51:16-17

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy,
‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’”
Isaiah 57:15
“For Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I (David) give it: Thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”
Psalm 51:16-17
Memory Catcher: D
eliverer appoints Victory in Darkness.
These five words are assigned to David in acrostic and I select him for today’s profile of promise.
At the center of a scandalous affair and murder, King David was found and declared guilty.
At the center of David’s confession, cleansing and mercy were afforded and David was determined pardoned and delivered.
God is man’s Deliverer and appoints Victory for us in our Darkness.
Psalm 23 is the most chosen Psalm of the dying, and most rehearsed at funerals.
Psalm 27 is the most chosen Psalm for the fearful.
Psalm 139 is the most chosen Psalm for identification.
Psalm 51 is the most chosen Psalm for those who have sinned.
Hmmm …
Psalm 51 erupted in a torrent over the torment David experienced in his soul … at the crux of his most heinous sin. Adultery and the premeditated plot to take the life of an innocent man named Uriah, who happened to be his lover’s spouse, placed David at the center of a scandal unfit for God’s elect.
Consider our David:
Humble shepherd governing sheep folds,
Outstanding Author and composer of the Psalms,
Stone-slinging hero and slayer of Goliath,
Soothing harp player to psychotic King Saul,
Qualified warrior and distinguished military soldier,
Faithful friend in devotion to Jonathon,
Handsome Romeo,
Israel’s King,
God’s elect.
Above all these things, David was a lover of God.
I have often wondered why God did not leave “His” man in the green pastures where an uncommon intimacy could have been enjoyed between the two over time,
but God’s assignment included more for David and, as a result, sequential complexities would follow throughout his life that would lend themselves to identification with others.
The theme of identification is the commonality of Christ with David.
So beautiful … so affording of grace.
Because of David’s complex life we are afforded the Psalms.
When we face a triumph, a tragedy, or find ourselves swallowed up by an unspeakable sin, we turn to the writings of a man who has been there.
Is there anything or anyone more comforting, my soul wonders, than walking beside one who readily identifies with us in our harshest and most difficult moments?
I think not.
The man after God’s own heart is the man I wish to become:
Quick to identify,
Quick to love,
Quick to serve,
A common man ... but an uncommon lover of God.
O Gracious and loving Father,
Grant me a heart of deepest gratitude for the mystery called grace.
Let my life reflect an easy and early identification with those who have strayed and are feeling alone.
Let me know, understand, and cultivate, above all things, a walk with You.
Make my joy full,
My love more complete,
My personhood more real,
And my character more refined.
My soul clings to You, loves You, and adores You.