Posted On May 2, 2016

He Will Not Despise the Broken

by | May 2, 2016 | Featured, The Gospel and the Christian Life

Go to church. Sit in the pews. Sing some great songs. Listen to the preacher. Give a nod and an “Amen!” Shake a few hands. Book a table for lunch. Go home. Do it all again next week. What could be missing? It’s hard to spot, and easy to forget. It’s so important that if it is missing from your life, and you do not soon catch it, then you do not know the true desire of God’s heart.

Charles Spurgeon spoke these words one Sunday morning from his Metropolitan Tabernacle pulpit:

“I can assure you that the greatest joy I have ever known has not been when I have laughed, but when I have cried. The most intense happiness I have ever felt has not been when I have been exhilarated and full of spirits, but when I have leaned very low on the bosom of God and felt it so sweet to be so low that one could scarcely be lower and yet did not wish to be any higher.”

Spurgeon’s text was Psalm 51, with a specific focus on these words. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

Can you ask a new convert to be broken? You may ask him to repent, but until he learns to continually look to Christ, he will not be broken. David was not meeting God for the first time here. He met Him long ago but came this day in brokenness. As David reflected on God’s many mercies towards Him, the depth of his transgressions, the pain it had caused, and the cleansing he received, his heart became broken within him, and God received it. Had he come in arrogance, feeling entitled to his position as God’s child, we would have totally a different Psalm altogether.

Many live today feeling entitled in their relationship with Christ. Sure, most will admit that salvation comes through Christ, and His brokenness on the cross, but how often does it translate to his followers living in brokenness too? Where is the man or woman who is more concerned with holiness, and walking worthy of God, than he is with wealth, health, and or social status? The heart which God does not despise is the heart that confesses needs, confesses emptiness, and looks to God alone to fill it.

To paraphrase Spurgeon, he told his congregants that day, that the greatest joys of his life were in the times when life had beaten him down, and his only solace was in the bosom of God. So low in spirit, but so close to the Comforter. So happy there, that no desire of man’s glory, or fame, or pretense ever crossed his mind.

So what’s the very thing God desires from us that we so often withhold from him? It’s brokenness. It’s true brokenness and transparency before a gracious God. It’s the kind of brokenness that tells others “I am struggling.” “I need to be closer to God.” “I’m in need of cleansing.”

It’s sacrifice. Not just the kind when someone goes to church instead of staying in bed. It’s not just when you stay later at Church, instead of rushing home for a football game. We’re talking about an inner place of brokenness and contrition that is born from an examination of God’s abundant mercy. We’re talking about you and me offering real sacrifice to God, coming in humility to the only one who fills abundantly.

So the next time you enter the church to fellowship with God’s people, go with a sacrifice of brokenness. Let your heart be completely open, bearing the scars of the world, but revealing the grace of Christ within you. This is not a subject for boasting, but people do need to see it in us, not only in church but everywhere we go.

 

Related Posts

9 Wrong Ways to Read the Bible (And One Better Way)

9 Wrong Ways to Read the Bible (And One Better Way)

A Book of Good News Many of us approach the Bible not as oxygenating, but as suffocating. We see the Bible lying there on the end table. We know we should open it. Sometimes we do. But it is usually with a sense of begrudged duty. Life is demanding enough, we think....

You Shall Not Eat

You Shall Not Eat

Genesis 2:15-17, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not...

What We Know About the Created Universe

What We Know About the Created Universe

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Do we know what God was doing before He created the universe?” What You'll Hear on this Episode The Fellowship of the Trinity. Planned Redemption and Glorification. Planning His Kingdom. The Christian’s Destiny...

The Demands of Justice and Truth

The Demands of Justice and Truth

Genesis 2:15-17, “15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not...

0 Comments

Share14
Tweet3
Email
Reddit
Share