A Broken Spirit

For the Israelites all seemed hopeless, Exodus 6:9,

“Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.”

Proverbs 18: 14,

“A man’s spirit will endure sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?”

All manner of things wage war against our spirits to try to crush and break us – I think of people, situations, sorrow, disappointments, lack of hope, the list is almost endless. God is right that we cannot bear such pain, but He is faithful even in our pain and desperation,

“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

There is a release valve in all of this, Psalm 51:17,

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

…humility, bowing the knee before God, sacrificing it all to him rather than holding onto the pain. In my experience God is rather good at bringing glory out of disaster. Psalm 111 (NIV),

Praise the LORD.

I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

 

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