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A Broken Hallelujah - A Devotion

A Broken Hallelujah - A Devotion
A Broken Hallelujah - A Devotion

Psalm 51:16-17 (AMP)
For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering.
My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.

When the burden seems so heavy that it seems my back will break? When my feet feel like iron weights yet I strive for just one more step? When it takes all that I have to muster the strength to throw off the covers and face one more day? What is it that the Lord desires of me in the midst of such physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion? I believe what He is after is a broken hallelujah. Why would He be so mean spirited when He calls me His Beloved? Why would God be so callous toward His Own Children? What is the Lord after in those who calls to His Side? Why does He insist on surrender? Why is brokenness so attractive? Why would the Lord allow such vulnerability in those He died to save? Although I sacrifice more the most, why does He require the rest? My sacrifice to God the one that He finds acceptable is a broken spirit accompanied by a contrite heart. What is a contrite heart anyway? It is a heart that is remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid it in the future. What’s the point Lord? Isn’t your grace sufficient for me? Of course, it is. But the sufficiency of the grace of God is not truly discovered until we know God through the righteousness offered by Jesus Christ. A broken heart understands that when everything else fails – God’s Unfailing Love remains faithful. A broken spirit knows that when nothing makes sense – He is still God and everything is under control. We cannot be filled with God’s Spirit until we break our ties with sin. We cannot produce praise until pressed to make such a choice. Are you broken today? It’s time to praise the Lord. He honors those with broken hallelujahs!

Psalm 111:10 (NLT)
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!

Hallelujah is an abrupt, emphatic or excited exclamation. Such a confession is not carefully thought out or prepared in advance. It is when we praise the Lord – really praise the Lord. Praise that is not produced by how we feel or the circumstances of our life but comes from what we know to be true about the Lord, have committed to belief that is now wisdom for our life. This is not a matter of fake it until you make or even faith it until you make it. Those who know the Lord will fear (respect) Him just because of who He is. You cannot know the Lord if you do not spend any time working on a deep abiding relationship with Him. There are many young couples who will head to the altar to get married with no idea of what love and commitment really mean or require. They do not understand the sacrifice of true love but see only what they will gain in their union. Would they still be as excited if they could see past the big day and honeymoon into real life? I must admit I have no idea how anyone can have a successful marriage without Jesus Christ! When two personalities come together there may not be an immediate clash but unless each person is willing to give up something they will never become one. If they do not become one in mind, spirit and body, they will become another statistic in the history that shows a long history of failed marriages. The world does not promote self-sacrifice but self-preservation. If you desire a strong marriage, you must give up your way and decide to sacrifice all of you for all of Him. This is true first of our union to Jesus Christ. A life divided will never be successful in consummating a deep and abiding relationship with the Lord. It is all of me for all of Him. There is no room for compromise. I cannot have my own way. However, in most cases, I must reach the point of complete brokenness to see the Friend and Partner that I have in Jesus Christ because otherwise it is a fight to the death for control of my life. At the point that we come to know and understand that we need Jesus more than anything else – usually is the point of brokenness beyond repair. It is from the ashes of devastation that we see the Truth – His Love is never ending. His Grace is more than enough. His Mercy is new every morning. From this point, faith rises from within and hope becomes evident in our broken hallelujah to Him!

2 Corinthians 4:6-10 (NLT)
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

Throughout my lifetime, I have incurred various injuries along the way. I have a scar on my neck from an encounter with a fence. Running past it in a blur, I did not see that it had fallen until the sharp metal tore through my flesh. It was only a quarter-inch from my jugular vein the doctors marveled at such luck. I have scar on my right hand from a competitive church volleyball game resulting in surgery ending my career before it began. (Not really!) Then there is the jagged scar on my right arm. This the most deadly encounter of all as it represents the removal of a stage IV melanoma cancer that could have surely ended my life. I had no idea at the time of the attack on my body. There was no pain and no real indication of danger until the doctor removed it. I had no further recurrence or incident. Despite the advanced stage, I did not need chemotherapy or any other treatment. The crazy thing about physical pain is that it heals more quickly than emotional and spiritual suffering. We tend to avoid that which causes the affliction to avoid future incidences. For example, no longer am I a sun seeker and when I begin to crave that “savage” tan the scar on my arm reminds me of why I do not. However, the human heart in a desperate pursuit for satisfaction and completion will commit to the same activity over and over despite multiple heart breaks and overwhelming sorrows. We maintain soul ties that keep us from loving God. We remain in bondage to sin despite the freedom that we have been given choosing to hold the door shut rather than step into righteousness. Choosing to give ourselves bit by bit and piece by piece to a world that continues to tear us apart when our Loving, Patient and Faithful God is ready pick us up, wash us off and put us back together again promising to hold us together with His Great Love. It is in this place that our heart becomes God’s Vessel and His Own Special Treasure able to produce something more than just weak praise and what’s left of our love. God has given us His Spirit. He is indeed ready to heal us from the inside out. But unlike our body which forms scars that hold it all together. His Love shines through each crack and crevice of brokenness and we become the Light of this World.

Isaiah 38:19-20 (NLT)
Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next. Think of it—the LORD is ready to heal me! I will sing his praises with instruments every day of my life in the Temple of the LORD.

Did you know that the Lord is READY to HEAL you today? This is not a remedy of hope but a right of our salvation. Psalm 103 tells us to allow all that we are to praise the Lord and never forget the good things that HE DOES for us. (Psalm 103:1-2) If you do not believe in God’s Love for you, you will never make a place for it in your life. If you do not believe that the Lord is faithful, you will never wait for Him to come and heal you but rather remain in brokenness shaking under the heavy load of burden you are not intended to carry. The bigger they are the harder they fall. This is so true of strong people who despite a confession of faith do not possess confident hope that allows them to transition the cares and worries of this life to the Lord for His Quick Work. It is not until the weight of their worry crushes them that they will surrender it to the Lord, when all along all they were required to do for His Intervention was give it to Him. (Guilty as charged.) I understand how many people have let you down, hurt you, abused you, taken you for granted, I have been there, too. God is the Creator. He made you. He is not going to destroy you because it says that His Word will not return void. It must accomplish all that He commanded it to do. He is ready to heal you. He wants to restore you. He wants all your dead dreams to come back to life. Are you ready to receive? Or must you be broken to create a place for His Blessing to make it into your life? The Lord will stop at nothing to make sure that you are saved, sanctified and souled out to Him! Why? He is ready to bless you, complete you and satisfy your soul.

Isaiah 57:18-19 (NLT)
I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips. May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the LORD, who heals them.

The Lord longs to heal your broken heart today. A word of warning this does not always result in an immediate change in your circumstances or situation but will change the way you think and how you respond in such occurrences. God is stretching and molding our heart to receive His Glory so we can express praise that is real. It comes from brokenness friend. Our hearts must be emptied of all other gods and worthless things that we have filled it with. His Word washes over it filling the voids that pushed us to pursue lesser things rather than passionately pursuing Jesus Christ. God knows what you did. But it was removed as far as the east is from the west. The Goodness that He does see is the Grace given to us by Jesus Christ. It is received by faith and produces confident hope not based on what we think but driven by what we now know to be true. Faith without the Word is wasted. But faith partnered with the Word of God promotes confident hope that will become an anchor of our very soul, so when things do not turn out the way that we expected – we still follow His Ways. When the enemy whispers his lies, we combat it with the Word. When presented with options, we still choose His Will. The healing balm of God that holds broken hearts together is peace that comes from confident hope that His Love is real and His Faithfulness forever so we can make it through the temporary trials of this life.

Isaiah 61:3 (NLT)
To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

God has given us a measure of faith. Until our heart is broken, it will not take root and grow into righteousness. Our hearts are hardened by sin and repentance means a broken heart that results in a change. If sin hardens our hearts, then the Grace of God must soften them. Not many people will allow God to fully take over their heart and mind today, because faced with such vulnerability a need for control arises. When I gave birth to my third child, the craziest thing happened. I opened my mouth and these strange sounds from deep within literally forced their way out. At one point, I slapped my hand across my mouth to try to suppress the primal urge to groan from the depth of my very soul. The midwife told me that this is a common occurrence when some woman give birth. I was mortified by the indignity of such a loss of control. But then again that is what childbirth is really. When your body takes over to produce new life. You can think about labor all that you want and try to make it happen, but without medical intervention ain’t nothing coming until your body decides to force it out. At a women’s conference, a speaker was sharing about the groanings of the Holy Spirit and suddenly there was a connection in my heart and mind. When we do not know what to pray, the Holy Spirit makes groanings from deep within us that we do not understand. Many people will suppress this utterance as undignified and unacceptable but those who open their mouth and allow it to come out even if it is only an “OHHH” sound will experience the release of a broken hallelujah because suddenly our mind, soul and body become one and begin working together for the good that is God’s Will for our life. This is where we gather beauty from our ashes. We find a joyous blessing in our mourning. It is praise that comes forth rather than complaining and despair because for the first time in a long time every facet of our being is united with Christ mind, soul and body! Is it worth it? Yes. Will it change you? Absolutely. Will everyone do it? Probably not.

Job 1:20-22 (NLT)
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.

If you were Job, what would be your response to the messengers? What is your response when trouble comes? How do you react when an unexpected bill arrives? Where do you run when overwhelmed by trouble? Job stood up. He tore his robe in grief. He shaved his head. He fell to the ground to worship! You will never know the true contents of your heart until it is broken. What comes out? Will you weep and wail? Or will you worship?

“When the music fades and all has slipped away and I simply come. Longing just to bring something that's of worth that will bless Your Heart. I'll bring You more than a song, for a song in itself is not what You have required. You search much deeper within, through the way things appear, You’re looking into my heart. I'm coming back to the heart of worship and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus. I'm sorry, Lord, for the thing I've made it when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.” (Heart of Worship – Matt Redman)

What will you bring in your brokenness today? Will it be worthy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? See nothing we have is worthwhile to God except Jesus Christ. The only way that we can enter the Presence of God to bring Him anything at all is by His Grace and Mercy. When we see that there is nothing we have to offer, it becomes paramount that we learn to love and trust Him more and more so that He can fill our life with Good Things to give back. The only thing that we do have is our heart. It must be broken to be filled with the Light of His Love and worthy to give back to God! The hardest part of receiving God’s Love is the realization that we have nothing to give back. Everything we have comes from the Lord and belongs to Him. To surrender our heart to the Lord will require brokenness so the sin can be removed and He can heal our hearts with His Love but He will not leave a scar but rather writes His Name on it securing our destiny forever!

Psalm 34:18 (NLT)
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

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