“To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.” — Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
The quote above relates to the psalm that I read this morning, Psalm 32, which starts this way…
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” (Psalm 32:1-2).
The Bible Knowledge Commentary points out that “This psalm may be a companion to Psalm 51, referring to David’s sin with Bathsheba. At that time David refused for a year to acknowledge his sin. Psalm 51 was his prayer for pardon; Psalm 32 would then follow it, stressing God’s forgiveness and the lesson David learned.”
Psalm 32 is David sharing where he was but also where he is now. Forgiven.
What we all love about the psalms is how honest they are. Often written with raw emotion, they overflow with honesty about the state of the pilgrim. I am sure that David wished he never needed to write psalms 51 or 32, but he did, and it affirms brokenness and our need for the work of the gospel in the depths of our heart.
Honesty in the psalms do show, as Manning’s quote says, that to be alive is to be broken. And that means that our brokenness is a statement of our need of grace.
Honesty about that brokenness and our need for God’s powerful and transforming grace and his ever-present mercy towards us — keeps us coming to the fountain of life that we find in Jesus alone
Since suffering and brokenness lead us to grace and deep trust, we walk forward–honest about who we are and Who we need!
“Trusting God when the miracle does not come, when the urgent prayer gets no answer, when there is only darkness—this is the kind of faith God values perhaps most of all. This is the kind of faith that can be developed and displayed only in the midst of difficult circumstances. This is the kind of faith that cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.” — Nancy Guthrie, Holding on to Hope