I was reading Psalm 51 the other day, a psalm about David’s adultery and the actions that followed as he tries to hide it from others and from God. As I was reading, God drew me into verse 17 and I began to meditate upon the verse and the brokenness in my life from the past and the times I have tried to hide that brokenness from God.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Ps 51:17)
Brokenness comes in many forms and affects us all in different ways. We are broken because of our sin tendencies in life, but there are other levels of brokenness that come to us because of another’s sin, or even brokenness because of loss, or illness. This brokenness sometimes defines who we are, but other times it is just something we carry around, a weight that is heavy and causes us to toil. For some, that brokenness is carried so deeply we don’t even realize it affects our everyday living. Can you relate? What brokenness are you carrying around today that is weighing you down?
The longer I meditated upon Psalm 51, the more drawn I was to verse 17 and the word sacrifice. God had something He desired to teach me. I had never thought of releasing my brokenness to God as a sacrifice before. A giving up of a part of me so that I could become more complete in Him. Releasing the brokenness into his care so that He could make me whole again. God sees that as a sacrifice. Our recognition that the only way to be made whole and receive healing is through his loving touch. Our recognition that we are not meant to do life without him. He calls us to give up our lives to follow him and that includes the brokenness we carry around daily.
A note of caution, some brokenness requires the help of a professional. A trained counselor is sometimes necessary to help with the brokenness, to give us tools to heal, a safe place to speak and to reframe our thought patterns. If your brokenness is interfering with your everyday living, causing depression and harmful behaviors, I urge you to seek professional help in a counselor, a christian counselor if possible.
The Message version puts a beautiful spin on Psalm 51:17,
Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.
Truly that is what we are seeking in our brokenness, love. Our lives feel shattered and we are in need of love, but a love that sees our pain, and accepts us anyway. A love that forgives the sin and provides healing. A love that frees us from guilt and brings peace, that’s God’s love. He provides the peace which brings healing, restores joy and gladness, and brings rejoicing in our souls and brings rejoicing to God. That’s the reason Christ came, to free us from the brokenness of sin, to help us shoulder the burden of life, and to show us a better way to live. Simply because He loves us.
I just love it when God shows me something new about himself that I haven’t recognized before. It thrills me, it warms my heart, and for me, it is further proof of how much He loves me and loves you as well.
So again I ask, what brokenness are you carrying around today that is weighing you down? Are you willing to “sacrifice” your brokenness to God, releasing it to him as your act of worship? There is no better time than today!