Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Worshipper

Do you ever have those days when you feel broken? I'm not talking about brokenness over difficult circumstances. I'm speaking of the brokenness you feel when you know you have allowed sin to separate you from God. Maybe at first it doesn't seem like something big, a slip of the tongue, or perhaps a lingering thought. Maybe it's more than that. Maybe it's a hard fall that leaves deep scars and builds a wall between you and God. You hear a voice that affirms your deepest fears...that God would never be able to love someone like you.

However as conviction begins to stir in your heart so does the truth of the Gospel. It is in those moments that God's greatest mercy is reserved for his broken and rebellious creation. "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise" (Psalm 51:17). This sort of pain felt by a follower of Christ is deep. To even think that your actions have grieved God can be unbearable but there is beauty in that pain. The work that comes through the refining fire of God is difficult but in the end the result is something glorious, a hatred of sin, a deep longing for God and his will to be lived out in your life, and an unquenchable desire to praise Him. Our brokenness is covered over, and our sorrow is turned into praise because God's grace is more than we deserve, and His faithfulness is more than we can fathom.

The Worshipper- Kate Austin

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."
- Isaiah 6:3

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