A thought crossed my mind earlier today. “Maybe, God doesn’t have time for broken people. Maybe, in a post-pandemic chaotic politically-unstable world, God doesn’t have time for broken people like me.” Knowing that was a lie, I looked up broken on Biblegateway. The first verse that popped up was Psalm 51:17.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (NLT)
So, God does have time for broken people. Further, the very thing He desires is brokenness. This Psalm was written by David after Nathan, the prophet, had confronted David about his sin with Bathsheba. David’s list of sins included adultery, murder, lying . . . David was literally the king of brokenness. “For I was born a sinner, yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.” (verse 5) But, God certainly had time for David. In fact, God used him to write many beautiful Psalms that display a vast range of emotions, truths about God, and praises to God.
Sometimes, at least for me, it is so easy to get caught up in trying to “fix my life,” that I forget that Jesus is the only one who can “fix my life.” He longs for us to come to Him with our broken and repentant hearts, so He can restore to us the joy of His salvation. In essence, it’s alright if your broken, just give that brokenness to God, repent of your sins, and let Him do the healing. “Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.” (verse 8) God broke David and restored Him. He will do the same for you, me, and anyone who is willing to come to Him with a broken and repentant spirit.
So, go ahead and follow David’s model of repentant brokenness (as I just did): Ask God to have mercy on you, to blot out your sin. (verse 1) Ask Him to wash you clean from your guilt. (Verse 2-7) Ask Him to create in you a clean heart and put a right spirit in you. (verse 8-11) Ask Him to restore to you the joy of His salvation and make you willing to obey. (verse 12) Ask Him to enable you to teach rebels His ways. (verse 13) Ask Him to enable you to sing joyfully, to unseal your lips so you can praise Him. (verse 14-15) And when you come to Him with this right spirit, He will be pleased. He will not reject a broken and repentant heart. (verse 16-19) So, if your feeling broken, check out Psalm 51 and remember David’s story. As David’s Psalm exemplifies, we are all sinners and we all need Jesus.