Making God smile

Can I please God? Perhaps at the end of a series about confessing our sins we find it hard to imagine that we can. Well this morning David show us what delights God.

Psalm 51 vv 16 to 19

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
            you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
            a broken and contrite heart
            you, God, will not despise.
May it please you to prosper Zion,
            to build up the wall of Jerusalem.
Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
            in burnt offerings offered whole;
            then bulls will be offered on your altar.

David knew nothing he did could win God’s acceptance, not even the sacrifices God commanded. All God wanted was for him to recognise his wrong. He comes broken-hearted and empty-handed. We don’t bribe or persuade God to restore us. He does it because it pleases Him, because He wants to.

But once He has, those sacrifices can start to please Him. They stop being bribes to win Him round. They become expressions of love.

Perhaps we struggle to believe that we could do anything to please God. But once forgiven, He genuinely delights in the things we do for Him. Good deeds can’t buy His acceptance but they do find His smile.

Putting into Practice:

1. Are there things in the past you’re tempted to try to make up for? Take a moment to name it before God and ask Him to bring deep assurance of His free forgiveness.

2. Christian athlete Eric Liddell said, “When I run, I feel His pleasure.” Bring what you are doing this day before God. Pray for Him to receive it is your worship and to give you a sense of doing it for His pleasure. ed