Be Broken before God
Psalms 34:18, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” There are two key words in this verse: Broken and Contrite.
Broken heart- despair, devastating sorrow, especially from disappointment of love. I believe it is beautiful to God when his children come to Him realizing that He is the source of everything that they need. God can be your peace, your strength, your joy, your hope, and your way out. There are moments in this life where you have to understand it is necessary to be broken before God. For example, the pain of being let down can only be healed by God. You cannot suppress the pain of your heart. During times of worship, you can cry out to God concerning the most intimate and difficult places of your life.
God desires to mend the broken heart. It is important to understand that God wants the best for all of His children. God wants a close relationship with you, and you should never want anything blocking your relationship with your creator. I have always had this picture of God with His arms stretched out wide waiting to embrace me. I believe that God is always there calling for you and I. He does not want us to have to face this life without Him.
Then, the contrite heart is also what God wants.
Contrite- caused by or showing sincere remorse or filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement. It is okay to be imperfect because it shows you how much you really need God. The contrite heart before God is the place where a person realizes how much they need God. Repenting is not something to be ashamed of, but it is something that the believers is able to do because of Christ.
In worship, you get to run into the arms of God. You are telling God that you want to be with Him as much as He wants you to come to Him for what you need. Also, in worship, you go before God realizing your imperfection, and thanking him that He loves you and desires to use you in spite of your flaws. You take your focus off of yourself and your issues, and you begin to focus on the greatness of God. God is perfect, holy, faithful, patient, compassionate, consistent, and so much more. In worship, you fix your heart and mind on his love for you, which enables you to lay your cares at his feet and focus on Him.
There have been moments in my life when I felt like I was at the edge of a cliff. I did not know where to go or what to do. It is bad when giving up starts to seem like the best solution to the problems you are facing. However, I saw the power of worship in this time.
I remember being in a storm (difficult situation) one day and something happened that caused tears to build in my eyes. Normally, I would have sat alone, but with this particular situation I cried and asked God why. However, this particular day, I decided to turn on my worship music, and I began to worship God. I began to declare what His Word said concerning me and the matter. Before I knew it, I was rejoicing because I knew I had victory, and I made a decision from that moment forward that I would not look at the situation through the eyes of defeat, but I would look at it through the eyes of faith and victory. So, bring your heaviness to God and your struggles. God wants them all!