Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
On this Lord’s Day, it should be that we take the time to thank God for all that He has done for us.
God allows us to be broken. He sees the road ahead and knows the difficulty, tragedy, loss, and pain. Because He is Sovereign, He could allow us to detour the storm ahead. Because He is Omniscient (all-knowing), God may let us go through the storm because it will make us better.
But there are the times when God sees the path we are on and the choices we’ve made and needs to bring us back into His will and His way.
Self-made choices break some, others by the loss that happens because of others’ choices or calamity that God chooses. In our brokenness, God has not left us. He said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
Brokenness brings things into our lives that make us feel uncomfortable, uneasy, and unsettled. We feel vulnerable. Our path seems darkened, and we are unsure of how to proceed.
In our brokenness and vulnerability, we can take comfort that God is near because of what we read this morning. We all have a breaking point. God gives us the choice to be broken of our own accord or do it for us.
Luke 20:17-18 “And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
The stone is Jesus. The breaking is left to be our choice. If God has to break us, He will do it thoroughly. If we cast ourselves upon Him to be broken, what is needed will be accomplished.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines contrite this way:
“CONTRITE, a. L., to break or bruise; to rub or wear. See Trite. Literally, worn or bruised. Hence, broken-hearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God; humble; penitent; as a contrite sinner.”
That type of brokenness comes when we allow the sorrow over our sin to bring us to repentance.
The feeling of being cleansed by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is beautiful. Complete cleanliness of body, mind, soul, and spirit can only come through confession and repentance.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
If we desire the presence of God, we must be willing to make our lives ready. Just as the prodigal son’s father did not come to the pigpen, but the son came to him, we must come to the Father in contrition and repentance.
May today be one of close communion with our Heavenly Father. May you be able to be clean and especially enjoy the presence of God!