I recently came across this verse in the Psalms: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
What does that mean? Sometimes, we are “broken” before God. Perhaps I should say broken to and before God. We reach a point where we either run out of ourselves or we run into God such that it exposes our shortcomings to ourselves and we fall (crash?) at His feet.
This is healthy, but I have learned an important lesson: It is healthy because of where (Who) we’re falling to. Breaking before God is not the point; it’s because of the point that we break. It is a broken heart the verse speaks of – not a breaking heart.
We are not called to despair or condemnation. We are not called to constant remorse. We are called to joy. That is, indeed, why we sometimes need to be broken before God.
[What shall I say? God is cool.]