Bebo Norman’s song, “Ruins”, reminded me of the broken state in which each of us find ourselves. We bear the image of God, but sin has reduced us to ruins apart from Christ. Thankfully and with all praise to Him, our Father cares about His image and His name above all else, and He chooses to build upon the ruins that we are. “One of the recurring themes of Scripture is that God uses things and people that are broken” (Brokenness, p. 119, Nancy Leigh DeMoss).
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17; David broken over his sin…)
“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart…He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3-5)
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:8a,10)
Most of us know that we’re broken. Why else are so many self-help books written and bought? The problem is that we think we can fix ourselves. We hold onto our pride which is willing to concede that we are injured vessels, but not dead ruins. “Pride is the greatest of all evils that besets us, and of all our enemies it is that which dies the slowest and hardest” (p. 85, J.N. Darby). What a depressing realization, save for the fact that we serve a God who raises the dead…
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins…but God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ.” (Eph. 2:1,4-5)
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:17-19)
“…But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:2b)
“Let me learn by paradox: that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision…” (The Valley of Vision)
I pray that each of you finds joy in the Lord this week and in the peace that overflows at His feet. “It is a wonder what God can do with a broken heart, if He gets all the pieces” (p. 27, Samuel Chadwick).