Lord, I ask for a fresh vision of who You are so that I might be renewed in Your gracious love.
Read Psalm 31:1-24
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
Think of a time when God took your brokenness and brought to you a degree of wholeness. What a great gift!
Archaeologists love broken pottery; it helps them determine the dating of a particular stratum, the extent of commerce, the level of technology and craftsmanship and, sometimes, if it has been used to inscribe messages, even more specific insights. For most of us, broken pottery represents an accident–and it’s usually a favorite mug we drop! For a few, it recalls memories of violence by a spouse or parent! For the psalmist, broken pottery is garbage. It’s no good for anything much, rejected and finished. That is how the psalmist felt, oppressed by his enemies and an embarrassment to friends and neighbors: “I have become like broken pottery” (12).
Yet this psalm tells a larger story. The psalmist trusted God as his rock and fortress. He had suffered much and expected to die, but he refused to turn to idols (with their spells and curses to destroy his enemies) and threw himself on God’s trustworthiness. Thus the larger story is not of desperation but of deliverance. The psalm throbs with delight and satisfaction in God who has shown David wonderful love and answered his cry for help. Indeed, the larger story is a testimony appealing to God’s people to trust him even when it looks as though he cannot see them anymore because he appears not to take note of their plight and doesn’t rescue them (22).
Jesus has added his endorsement to this psalm. He quotes v. 5 as he dies (Luke 23:46). This is the psalm we will need when we face persecution and rejection. Its words help us to pray as Jesus did when we are suffering and emotionally vulnerable. We may need these words of testimony when our faith slips through our fingers because of confusion and loneliness. Like the archaeologist, God loves and mends broken pots!
Learn, as Jesus did, some of this psalm by heart (e.g., vs. 1,2,11,12,21,23,24) as a resource for dark and painful times.
Father God, there have been times in my life when brokenness was all I had to offer You. I thank You for Your restorative work in me.
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