“The sacrifices of God are a broken and contrite spirit, a broken and contrite heart. These, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:17).
This is a picture of David after being confronted by Nathan the Prophet about his sin with Bathsheba. It speaks of how he is broken in his sin, a sin he says was in him since birth. Yes, we are all sinners at birth, not born good. “Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Psalm 53:3). David speaks of feeling as if God had broken his bones over his sin. This is the misery we will have with unconfessed sin in our hearts. But God is merciful and loving. He will forgive our sins as we confess and repent, or go the other way. This is what He did for David and He will do it for any of us.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18). James, the brother of Jesus said, “draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 5:8). It is there that we find healing. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). We have all been wounded somehow and or by someone. It is life. Yet our response is the most important part. We can have a pity party or be bitter and angry, which imprisons us and puts chains around our neck. Or we can confess our need for help and repent, turn around and go the other way. God lets us out of the jail. He heals, body, mind and spirit. This is why He went to the cross, that we might be healed. “By His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Through the Prophet Isaiah God keeps speaking of Jesus, saying, “He sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives” (Isaiah 61:1). No longer a slave. No longer grieving. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11).
Pentecost approaches, wherein the book of Acts tells us of the coming of the Holy Spirit. It will be three years ago this year when God came down during the reading of Acts 2:2, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as if fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2-3). The Spirit came down and alighted on me, with a warm healing power like hot syrup running from my head to my feet. Joy and light sourced and surged through me. I was healed of depression and brought into the light of God and His freedom from bondage. Clarity of thinking and speech brought changes in my life that led me to my true calling in hospital chaplaincy and rightness with God and many other people. Praise God for his love of the brokenhearted.