Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, July 21, 1999
Dear Colleagues,


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Good Morning!

A spiritual dullness and hardness of heart sets in. We began to wander from God by growing  indifferent to Him. We find our heart easily seduced by other affections. (Heb. 3:13; 5:11;  Jms 5:19; Prov.  4:23; 2 Cor. 11:3)

When King David broke that bond of intimacy with God through his liaison with Bathsheba, rationalization and self-deception became a way of life. (Psa. 32)

In David’s prayer of repentance, he implored God for three attitudes of the heart (Psalm 51), 

Renew a steadfast spirit  within me.”  (Verse 10) – That is, he prayed that his broken relationship with God would be repaired. Rebuilt. He asked God for a spirit of stability, faithfulness,  and  firmness as he sought to be reestablished in his walk.

Grant me a willing spirit.”  (Verse 12) – By this request, David was appealing to God to uphold, or sustain him in his spirit. He may also have been asking God for a renewed spirit of nobility.

You may recall that David, after 15 years of eluding King Saul’s murderous pursuits, was crowned King of Israel. Once his position as monarch was established, he inquired if there were any good he could do for Saul’s family. Aids brought Saul’s crippled son Mephibosheth to his attention. And in response, David offered to provide for his material needs which included sitting regularly at his table. Now, that is a noble spirit!  (2 Samuel 9)

 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.”  (Verse 17) – Here, David acknowledged the importance of a crushed spirit in repentance.  When we began to grasp the cost Jesus paid for our redemption, we will find no place for a caviler or “oops” attitude in our confession. Rather, we will be crushed over our sin. 

Recently, I had lunch with a Christian businessman who had cheated clients in several financial transactions. I had been told that he had “repented” of his actions. Yet, while chatting over lunch, he chided me for not responding to him during his backslidden state in a manner that was to his liking. Upon reflection of our meeting together, it seemed to me the element of “brokenness” was missing from his so-called repentance.” 

 Perhaps today, our prayer could be, “Lord, grant me a steadfast, willing and broken spirit.” 


My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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