a broken spirit“Good grief, Charlie Brown.”  The irritation and frustration the Peanut characters routinely expressed toward pitiful Charlie Brown is the same grief many of us express toward our sin.  “I know I shouldn't have done it, but good grief, I never said I was perfect.”  Then, there is that colossal sin; the wound is still open and a relentless haunt remains.  Ponder, if you will, though painful as it may be, the sin that broke your heart.  King David knew of such a sin as this.  His anguish is chronicled in Psalm 51 following Nathan’s confrontation.  David’s abominable encounter with Bathsheba and those acts that followed indeed had their dire consequences but as David, we must realize that any sin is first and above all against God Almighty - "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  Against You, You only I have sinned” (Vs 3&4).  With that admission can come cleansing - ”Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” (Vs 7).  Our loving Lord delights to then deliver the repentant desire - “Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Vs 10).  Restoration, the scripture teaches, cannot be produced with sacrifices or burnt offerings (Vs 16).  “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart O God, You will not despise” (Vs 17).  This, dear reader, is “good grief.”