The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:18
"One way we try to win God’s approval is through striving for perfection. Sadly, none of us achieve this state. We are frail human beings subject to temptation and sin. Did God create us to fail? Is there no hope?
Fortunately, God has not made perfection the measuring device. He is looking for people who will react to missing the mark (as the Jewish writers say) with contrition of spirit. When confronted with your sin and failures, how do you respond? Do you try and justify it or continue in the practice in defiance? Or, do you fall on your knees, repent, and seek God’s forgiveness for your failure?
The word “contrite” is from the Hebrew word daca and literally means “to bruise or crush.” It has the connotation of smitten, maimed, dejected, lame, or contrite. In modern Hebrew usage, the word describes a handicapped, disabled, or crippled person. Webster’s dictionary describes contrition as “sincerely remorseful, having a deep and painful sense of guilt for wrong-doing.”
When God says He looks on the man who has a contrite heart, God is saying he is looking for people who when they sin, respond to their actions with deep sorrow. It is more than mere recognition or acknowledgement of sin. It is a brokenness before a holy God, which leads to repentance [which means] turning from the sin, and literally running the other way."