Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Psalms 51:13‭-‬19 ESV

Devotional Psalms


“What do you do?” That’s one of the go-to topics of conversation when we first meet people. We often also introduce ourselves by our occupation. “My name is Tirza. I’m the teens pastor at IES.”

So many times we define others and ourselves based on what we do for work. Subconsciously, that idea trickles into how we relate to God. We think that God cares about what we do and our list of ministry involvements or charity donations. If we’re being honest, there are times when we try (unsuccessfully) to buy God’s forgiveness. We try to outweigh the sin in our lives with the amount of “good” that we do. Frankly, God doesn’t give a care. Not about that. And it doesn’t work that way either.

God desires the painful truth. That we sinned. That we are broken people. That we are helpless to save ourselves. God desires us to be completely honest with him and to sincerely be contrite.

There’s no angle. We don’t express penitence because we got caught. We are remorseful because we understand how helpless we are without God.

I’d like to share one of my friends’ favorite words with you:

Kintsukuroi is a very interesting word that means “to repair with gold.” It refers to “the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.”

The good news is that God doesn’t despise the honesty from a truly repentant heart. Instead, our surrender allows him and his grace to change us and make us whole. Somehow, God is able to make us more whole and more beautiful than we can ever imagine, because we live as testaments of his amazing grace.