Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 6)
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18 (NKJV)
'For all those things My Hand has made, and all those things exist,' says the Lord. 'But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My Word.
Isaiah 66:2 (NKJV)
Contrition is 'deeply felt remorse.' (Collins English Dictionary). Consider this phrase from Isaiah 66:2: 'On this one thing I will look... a contrite spirit.' One thing? According to His Word, God sees and saves those with a contrite spirit. Therefore, contrition is a prerequisite for success.
If contrition is deeply felt remorse, Peter was contrite when he realized his denial of Jesus. 'Peter remembered the Word of Jesus Who had said to him, 'Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.' So he went out and wept bitterly' (Matthew 26:75). Although he made mistakes, Peter's contrition enabled him to become Jesus' chief disciple.
David was contrite when he realized his sin with Bathsheba:
'Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me' (Psalm 51:1-3).
Considering the sum of David's psalms--and even the conclusion of his longest psalm, 'I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your Commandments' (Psalm 119:176), the good king lived in a state of contrition. Is this one reason God called David 'A man after My Own Heart' (Acts 13:22)?
According to Bible scholar, Watchman Nee, 'God takes no pleasure in our repenting over and over again as though this were sufficient; rather does He wish us to live in perpetual contrition.' Although he made mistakes, David's contrition enabled him to become Israel's greatest king.
Actors, models and talent for Christ must remain contrite, because contrition is a face of humility--and 'Whoever humbles himself shall be exalted' (Matthew 23:12).
God promotes people of contrition. Therein, contrition is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.