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Friday, February 8, 2013

Broken but…


 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Psalms 147:3 (KJV)
 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18(NASB)


brokenness was the point at which I
fully confessed that partial dependence,
“partnership,” “as it suits me”
discipleship just wasn’t going to work.
 He needed to get my full attention
to ensure I’d give my whole heart.
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Very few (smart/sane/confident) people would happily confess to being broken. It wasn’t an easy admission for me. You don’t want to admit to being wrecked, do you? You don’t proudly proclaim, “I’m a mess!” Or do you? 

I am broken. I didn’t decide to be broken, but my brokenness became a new pathway to God. It did not mean I was instantly fixed. I am not fixed. I may never be, but my brokenness, as I’ve said so many times, was the point at which I met God anew. It was the point at which I finally fully confessed that this partial dependence, this “partnership,” this “as it suits me” discipleship just wasn’t going to work for me any longer. He needed to get my full attention to ensure I’d give my whole heart.

There are some benefits to confessing brokenness. Psalms 147:3 reminds us that He heals the brokenhearted. Sorrows come, but as Matthew Henry reminds us in his commentary on Psalms 147,
from clouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness.
Psalm 147 reminds us that we go on. Being broken is not the same as being destroyed, and truly, that which does not kill us makes us stronger. More righteous. More yielded.

Psalms 34:18 reminds us, that even in our brokenness, He is nigh. He is “close to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit.” It may not make brokenness attractive, but His Comfort, His Presence, His Steadfastness make it bearable. 

Yolanda Adams, in one of my favorite ballads, “I’m gonna be ready” expresses the praise of we, the broken.
So I'll tell anyone who'll listen, I'll testify
about how good you were to me, when so call friends passed me by
The fact that you would show somebody so broke down, so-much-mercy…

So, there it is, I AM BROKEN. I am broken, but not hopeless. I am broken, but He is bigger than any of the things that tried to destroy  me. I am BROKEN, BUT as Ann Voskamp wrote today, Christ is my Iron. “He doesn’t MAKE you strong, He IS your strength.” 


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