A Broken Spirit

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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, 0 God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17

Jake the horse lay flat on the ground, thrashing, kicking, and desperately trying to rise, but the restraining ropes made it impossible. After several minutes he gave up. As his whole body relaxed, the look in his eyes was a look of complete surrender. 

A horse that will not submit to its owner is an extremely dangerous animal—and unless his will is broken, he is likely to end up losing his life. This choice between independence and submission comes to humans as well as horses. Parents, teachers, civil authorities, employers, and a Biblical brotherhood all require some degree of submission. Resistance to any of these constitutes resistance to our Lord Himself, and the consequences are far more serious than dying like a horse. 

The wild horses that freely roam the remote ranges of the West have no human master. They go where they choose and do as they please, and many a man longingly envies the unbridled life of these free creatures. But the joy of their freedom is tempered by deep winter snows, freezing winds, and lack of shelter, nutritious feed, and clean water. There are also the scourges of predators, flies, ticks, internal parasites, split hooves, and a host of diseases. 

Domestic horses stand in direct contrast. They have shelter, clean food and water, supplements, medications, and grooming as needed. Can we see the parallel of those who come under the control of the loving Master, as opposed to those who reject His dominion in favor of the “freedom” this world offers? The Lord Jesus urges us, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). 

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18 

~ Pete Lewis


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