In the beginning of Psalm 51:17, David, out of a deep consciousness of guilt, gives strong evidence that his heart was broken. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17). We, as Christians, must acquire this same spirit and attitude.
Andrew Murray, in his book Confession and Forgiveness, tells us that “…For the maintenance and the enjoyment of the right relationship between the Lord and His redeemed, a person should always continue to be aware of how much he is indebted to grace.” He desires from us a living, spiritual sacrifice of brokenness. God loves a “broken and contrite heart and He will not despise it.” He has said “I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15b), and “…to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word” (Isaiah 66:2b).
In our brokenness, God reveals His life, His mercy, His power in our weakness, His comfort in our sorrow, His healing in our oppression and His love. Therefore, we as believers should walk before God ever knowing that our spirit is broken and our heart is contrite.