"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."
Contrite: Feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming
We think God wants sacrifice from us . . . that He is pleased with our religious activity . . . that our busy hands win His approval.
All our religion does is make us proud, makes us feel higher than we really are. God doesn't want us high and proud, he wants us low and humble.
God does not want religious activity, he wants repentant hearts.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)