The Blessings Of This Crumbling World Begin When We Turn To The Lord And Gain His Comfort

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   9/18/2012

Many of us can sometimes assume that the word “broken” has a negative connotation. We think of broken objects that have no further use.

Or maybe we think that if a person is described as broken that means he is weak or hurt.

But God does not see brokenness as a something negative or weak. God actually desires for us to be completely broken before Him.  

This is often something that many of us struggle with in our personal relationships with God, yet God wants us to be broken and vulnerable before him.

When we are broken and vulnerable before God, we then come to a place where we allow Him to meet us in our need and give Him permission to have His will be done. We no longer rely on ourselves, but we are wholly and beautifully broken before Him.

David puts it as plainly as this:

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God will not despise.” - Psalm 51:17

In the chaos of various circumstances in my life God brought me to my knees to completely surrender to Him and become broken before Him. This is one of the most rewarding and incredible places I’ve ever been in my relationship with God—completely broken. A while back, in my time of prayer before the throne, God led me to write this:

On my knees in my secret place
I call out to you, longing to feel your presence.
You’re what my heart desires, yet you seem so far away.
My heart is shattered and exposed;
I’m crying out to you to hear my voice and my pleas.

I’m broken LORD, fallen on my face.
I have nothing left in me but my fears and my doubts.
LORD show me your ways, let me know you’re here;
Call out my name and lead me back to be with you.
I want to let go of it all and be near to you;
Help me to see past the trials in front of me.
Bring me back to you LORD so that I can
Walk through my struggles with you next to me.

I’m broken LORD, but still I come before you with my heart’s cry.
I bring my shame and heavy load to the cross;
I lay it all down and put it at your feet.
I call upon your precious name,
Thanking you for suffering for me.
I want to be in your holy presence;
I’m crying out to you…hear my voice, hear my plea.

I’m broken LORD, fallen on my face.
I have nothing left in me but my fears and doubts.
LORD show me your ways, let me know you’re here;
Call out my name and lead me back to be with you.
I want to let go of it all and be near to you;
Help me to see past the trials in front of me.
Bring me back to you LORD so that I can
Walk through my struggles with you next to me.

I can hear your voice calling out to me.
You’re here with me, willing to meet me where I’m at.
You never ask me to come perfectly clean, but you take me as I am.
You pick me up and hold me close to your heart.
I can hear you whisper, “I am here now;
I will remain with you and help carry your load.”

I am sweetly broken LORD, fallen on my face.
You have taken all of my fear and doubts,
And I know you’re here showing me your ways.
You have called me by name and led me back to you;
I will now let go so that I can be with you.
You’ve given me hope to see past the trials in front of me.
You have brought me back to you LORD.
I will no longer be alone through my trials
For I will be walking with you, my beautiful LORD.

The Lord truly showed me this day how to be humbled and completely broken before Him. I was in a place where I could surrender everything and place my trust in Him. Jeremy Riddle paints a beautiful picture of brokenness in his song, “Sweetly Broken.” My heart’s prayer is to always be in a place where the poem I wrote and the lyrics below reign true in my life.

“At the cross you beckon me. You draw me gently to my knees, and I am lost for words, so lost in love. I am sweetly broken, wholly surrendered.”

What a different life we could all have as Christ-followers if we lived our life in a state of complete brokenness.

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