The Blessedness of Brokenness


imagesEBFW7Y53Psalm 51:17

Jacob at Jabbok learned that the man who is broken by God can be blesses of God (Genesis 32:24-32).  It is the crushed grape that yields the wine.

The first condition of being filled is being empty (II Corinthians 12:9-10).

Is a thing that is broken good for anything?  Can we drink from a broken glass?  Or can we lean upon a broken staff?  But though other things may be at the worse for breaking, yet a heart is never at its best till it be broken; for till it be broken, we cannot see what is in it; till it be broken, it cannot send forth its sweetest odor; and, therefore, though God loves a whole heart in affection, yet He loves a broken heart in sacrifice.

Indeed, as David prays, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise (Psalm 51:17).

Brokenness before the Lord is no easy thing.  I am so thankful that the one who broke the bread is the One who first blessed the bread (Matthew 14:19).

 

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