02/27/2020 - By Pastor Todd Nathan
Brokenness by definition means, "reduced to fragments; fragmented; ruptured; torn; fractured; not functioning properly; or to be out of working order." Restoration is the term used to "to bring back to or put back something to a former or original state, to renovate or revive."
Spiritual brokenness is an understanding of the depths of our sin before a holy and righteous God. At times we may experience brokenness because of our sinful choices (Psalm 32 and 51), as a result of the discipline of the Lord (Hebrews 12:3-13), or perhaps because we have been unjustly accused or questioned in regard to our integrity (Psalm 26), or even in those moments when we are overwhelmed by the heavy hand of God (Lamentations 3). But as we feel "broken", we have hope.
Not hope that things will get better, but real hope because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. He is the one who has made “restoration” possible. King David knows the depths of personal brokenness that resulted from his sin. Faced with the agony of his sinful choices and coming face to face with the depths of his own immoral condition, He cries out to God in Psalm 51 for forgiveness and restoration.