Broken to Be Made Whole

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 (NRSV)

When Nathan confronted David with the sin of his adultery, the pain in David’s heart was not a result of being discovered. The pain was from a broken heart for betraying his devotion to God. His brokenness was not a result of weak flesh; it was a result of weak faith. Even if Nathan had said nothing, David would have suffered that brokenness.

It was out of that brokenness that David learned true devotion. Having his heart wrapped in the bandages of God’s grace, David learned what it meant to surrender one’s self to God. He realized that external devotion meant nothing. It was through a wounded spirit that one finds the soothing salve of God’s love and forgiveness. 

Too often I think brokenness means weakness or being less than I should be as a Christian. When sin strikes a blow to my heart, my tendency is to camouflage it or pretend it never happened. I want to ignore my hurt and pain.

However, God sees my brokenness as the fertile soil for healing, restoration, and wholeness. It is in being broken in spirit that He makes me whole. Therefore, I can embrace my wounded and contrite heart. I can open it before God and accept His healing embrace. I know I will not be despised, but loved.

Father, thank you, that you take my brokenness and make me whole again through your healing grace. Amen.