Broken

 

 

Every time he broke my heart
he gained a little part
of what I should have given him
complete – right from the start.

Every time he called my name
I knew I should have run
into his kind and tender arms
a father with his son

And every time  he caught my eye
and wanted me to be
just quiet with him in his heart
content just Him and me
and I had something else to do
some other place to be

Oh gracious love that lives above
and gives so much to them He loves
and waits so patiently
for them to come and see
the treasures of his heart.

He comes and breaks me once again
and now I gain a part
of something that I should have loved
right from the very start

Someday it will be finished
and then I’ll truly see
someday I’ll walk beside him
in perfect harmony
some where a new tomorrow
where there will never be
broken hearts or broken lives
Oh blest eternity.

And then, yes then oh haste the day
when clothed in light
we all can say

 ALL GLORY TO THE LAMB
WHO WAS BROKEN ONCE FOR ME
ALL PRAISE TO HIM MY LORD MY KING
WHO BLED ON CALVARY

1 Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

 

 

 

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Opening the door for a visit.

For God so loved. It couldn’t possibly mean romantic love, now could it? Yet the love of God for backsliding Israel is presented to us who love his word as the relationship between lovers. God took a forsaken child, nursed her, cared for her, cleansed her and put his beauty on her.
God writes in Ezekiel 16

I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: [thy] breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou [wast] naked and bare. Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time [was] the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment [was of] fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it [was] perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.

The language suggests a love relationship where God greatly desired the love of his people Israel as a man desires the beauty and love of a wife. God speaks to Israel in terms of commitment and endearment. He saw her grown from a polluted childhood, transformed into a beautiful woman, and he desired her beauty. She was unfaithful, and God calls for her return. He will, though betrayed consistently, wait patiently for her return. She will.

Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

So, where do we discover God’s heart? Where do we find his love, his desire towards this one who betrayed him? You see it in full display at Calvary. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” when he could have destroyed them all.

So, what about the church, known to those who study scripture as the bride of Christ? What language! His use of the word bride suggests that Jesus Christ has a deep longing for the love of his people – the love of a man for his bride. Startling thought…if we humans who have not lost heart, have deep unquenchable longings for true love, how much more does the one whose heart is perfect, who created in us this longing, desire the love of his people, his church, those he purchased with his own blood. We are Christ’s bride. He is waiting for the wedding, ironing our wedding garments for us. Making us beautiful in his sight.

The only conclusion I can come to in all this is that God is a hopeless romantic, with a deep desire for the love of his bride, his church. We are invariably on the receiving side of all this. Perhaps we should listen for his voice. It’s a still small voice telling us he loves us. If we could be still long enough for him to manifest himself in our hearts, we could have the inestimable privilege of loving him and giving him that which he gave all for us. Let’s prepare our hearts for a visit from the Saviour. What if he really showed up at your heart today!

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Gazing upon the Bridegroom

Song of Solomon 6:4,5

4  Thou art beautiful,O my love, as Tirza, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with      banners.

5  Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: Thy hair is as a flock of      goats that appear from Gilead.

Going to pull out the first clause of verse five. 

     Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me:

What a glorious picture of the love of Christ for his bride. Can we mortals process such stunning language? For God so loved the world is a statement that staggers the imagination of fallen man. We can hardly react with anything but a sense of wonder, so the declaration, unfathomable often goes without due understanding. It becomes a doctrine, a statement of faith, anything but the startling fact that God has openly declared his love for mankind in more than a passive “fatherhood of God” kind of love.  But now we look at his beloved’s love to him. Described to us in the verse above it is titillating; impassioned; romantic. It is the voice of one who, having fallen head over heels in love with the young lady of his dreams, upon seeing her looking his way, finds his heart rate increasing to the point where he wants to get away from the gaze of love to catch his breath. The visceral response to her eyes on him overcomes him with feelings and bodily responses he is not accustomed to, and in the case of Christ’s bride focusing her eyes on her beloved….to provoke such a response in our Jesus is one of the great, simply marvelous mysteries of the nature of our God that calls us to him in love. How can it be? And while the relationship of Christ to his church as a bride and her husband is a great bible truth, how much have we disappointed him by keeping it just a great bible truth. There is something about our loving gaze upon his unparalleled beauty that makes his heart skip for joy. David cries out “What is man that thou art mindful of him?” I cry out in my feeble way “How could it be that one so undone as I could stir the heart of God by simply gazing upon his simple beauty? No earthy myth comes close; the greatest human storyteller could not construct such an incomprehensible story. The powerful king, smitten with love for a peasant girl, leaves his throne and disguises himself as a peasant to win her heart will not do. My lover, king of kings and lord of lords humbles himself, actually becomes one of us, and then dies a horrible death to prove his love. But the story does not end. He conquers death, rescues his bride and takes her to his palace where he spends the rest of eternity loving her; Surprising her with delight. It doesn’t get any grander than that! May our hearts be challenged to gaze upon Jesus until we hear his heart beating in ours.

“Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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