Brokenness Aside

This song by All Sons & Daughters has some deep truths in it for us. Let’s just look at the chorus.

‘Cause I am a sinner
If it’s not one thing it’s another
Caught up in words
Tangled in lies
But You are a Savior
And You take brokenness aside
And make it beautiful

Often the point we all get to before we realise that we are in dire need of a Saviour is to realise that I am a sinner. We know that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3.23). We also know that God is a God of justice, a holy God, and must act on sin (Habakkuk 1.13). All this point to the fact that as sinners we are deserving of judgement. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6.23).

We often find ourselves caught up in words and tangled in lies. Maybe it’s words spoken in anger to our children. Maybe it’s words said in frustration to our spouse. Maybe it’s bending the truth into a lie to make ourselves look better at work. Maybe we lie to ourselves and say that ‘just once‘ is ok, ‘this time I’ll do it, next time I won’t‘. Whatever it is, we all fall short of the glory of God, and if it’s not one thing it’s another.

All this may get us down, all this may leave us feeling hopeless. Is our conclusion going to be Romans 6.23? But, as sinful as we are, Jesus is even more righteous. As deceiving as we are, He is even more pure and holy. As irrational and unpredictable as we are, He is unchanging (Malachi 3.6, Hebrews 13.8).

Whilst we are not to use this as an excuse to do what we want (Romans 6.1-2), we are to take comfort and encouragement that Jesus is a Saviour and He takes brokenness aside and makes it beautiful.

Rather than taking our anger, frustration, guilt, shame, tiredness, inconsistencies, and apprehension out on those closest to us, there is only One place to take it. 

Take all of this, and any other burdens you are carrying, to Jesus and watch Him take brokenness aside

God that saves

Music is powerful, isn’ it. Music features all throughout the Bible, too;

We are encouraged to shout joyfully to the Lord and break into praises in Psalm 98.4.

We are encouraged to give thanks to the Lord with song in Psalm 33.2.

Music accompanies the good times (Jeremiah 20.13), and the bad (Job 30.31).

We see music in times of collective worship (Ephesians 5.19-20, Colossians 3.16), and of personal worship (Habakkuk 3.19).

So, all this considered, we see that music is a gift from God to accompany our lives. Whether we play, or not, whether we can sing well, or not, music is a gift from God to be used in all situations, all to His glory.

That being said, Thursday seems like a good day to share music, no?

This week I have been listening to a song called ‘God that saves‘ by a band called Iron Bell Music, the link is below.

The lyrics are powerful, and remind us who really has the power to change us…and it’s not ourselves.

This soul once torn and beaten
Left without reason to move on
Then You reached down and brought me
Up from the valley of dry bones

You are the God that saves
You are the one that rescues me
You rescue me

As the song moves on we see more of the saving power of our Lord,

Ransomed out of the wreakage
Pulled from the ashes of sin’s hold

We certainly don’t ransom ourselves, we don’t pull ourselves from the ashes of sin’s hold. Think, two drowning people cannot save each other, we need One stood firmly on the side, pulling us out. Why is this a possibility in our lives?

Hope is flowing through these veins
Life born from grace
Grace alone

The bridge of the song repeats this wonderful line,

I hear the song
I hear the song of victory ring over me

God is the One who saves, yes…God is the One who then rejoices over us, sings over us with thanksgiving that we have heard His call and acknowledged His call, what a great point for us to ponder today; God saves, God rejoices, God sings over us.

The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

Zephaniah 3:17