BROKENNESS An Appropriate Response to Sin

brokenness is the place where God stops us where he halts our progress where he causes us to see the end to which we will come if we continue to go down that road brokenness is the place to which we come when we recognize that all that we are all that we have and all that we do in and of ourselves sorely and miserably insufficient God crushes us under the weight of our own sin but but I want to suggest to you tonight that brokenness is absolutely an appropriate response to sin let me take you to a couple of places in history place number one in history as that place where David sins with Bathsheba where David is out on the roof of the king's palace during this very strange time in his life the author says it was the spring time the time when Kings go off to war but David stayed home at Jerusalem David is a warrior king that's how he made his name for himself it's spring time it's time to go to war and he sends the fellas off and just happens to be up on his roof and just happens to look over at a beautiful woman who lives close enough for him to see her bathing on the roof it just happens to work out that way wink wink nod nod sadducees this depending on your reading of the text grapes this woman as a husband killed its all this time later when he sits down and pins Psalm number 51 one of the most poignant poetic beautiful pictures of brokenness that you will find anywhere right here in Psalm number 51 let's read have mercy on me O God according to your steadfast love according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin for I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me against you you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me behold you delight in truth in the inward being and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean wash me and I shall be whiter than snow let me hear joy and gladness let the bones that you have broken rejoice let the bones that you have broken rejoice the bones that you have grown though that's not God God doesn't do that God would never do anything against your will I guess David asked to be broken by God that the bones that you have broken rejoiced hide your face from my sins blot out all my iniquities create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me cast me not away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will return to you deliver me from from blood-guiltiness O God O God of my salvation and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness o Lord open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise several reasons we see here that brokenness is an appropriate response to sin we're talking about an appropriate response to a holy God when we recognize that we have offended him the first one that he says here he says according to your steadfast love according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions that term blot out a term wipe out is a word that's used a number of times in the Hebrew Bible but perhaps the most pertinent one is that's precisely what God says he's going to do in the flood the same Hebrew verb God sent the flood in order to wipe the slate clean and start all over again David says I need to sleep washed clean I need you to take all of this away from me I needed to wash it away just like you cleanse the earth with the flood there's a second term that he used here he said wash me thoroughly from my iniquity now that verb is more akin to a woman washing clothes down at the river and scrubbing them and dipping them and plunging them again and again into the water and scrubbing them on a washboard scrub me as though you were washing clothes on a washboard so to wipe it off the record scrub me make me clean and then the final word he says and cleanse me from my sin that word that he uses is a reference to a ceremonial cleansing making something ready for religious use so in other words David understands that what he has done has scarred him has stained him we heard it earlier today God says in Isaiah 1 and we're gonna read it wash yourselves make yourselves clean it stains us it scars us and we all be broken when we sin because we recognize what we have done we recognize what we have brought upon ourselves we recognize that we have just attached something to us that has consequence we ought to be broken over our sins because it scars us because it stains us and when we have a flippant attitude toward sin when we don't experience brokenness when we are not crushed under the weight of our own sin one of the reasons is that we do not understand the consequences of sin we don't get it we think that especially for believers we think okay Jesus died for my sins for all of my sins past present and future they're paid for and yet there's scar tissue thus it also creates memories that remain with us now stay with me on this one because oftentimes when we talk about this you want to get people upset just talk about this the idea that sin creates memories that stay with us oh no no no no no brother as far as the East is from the West that's how far away it takes my sins from me yep but you remember him no he cast them into the sea of forgetfulness yes see here's the interesting thing about that God can forget stuff you not so much that's not the way we were created it's not it's not and so people come up all the time and they just leave I don't know what to do I pray and I pray and I pray and I just keep having thoughts about this horrible thing that I did yes well what do I do [Music] recognize that sin creates memories that stay with you people actually believe that you can give them a magic formula and the heinous things that they do should be erased from their mind and they should no longer be broken over them folks did I hope did I remind you that he wrote this a year after he said and look at what he says in verse 3 for I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me a year later I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me it's always there don't believe me ask a woman who's had an abortion somebody convinced her that it would be ok you could erase it as though it never happened and then you can go on with your life and then a year later she sees a baby who's about the age her baby would have been and she crumbles why we were not created to forget things but by the way that's good maybe at least three reasons why that's good that we're not created to forget things number one if you could forget your sin you could never testify of the goodness of God amen you have a testimony of the goodness of God you know what I think I used to one time but I can't remember any of my sins therefore I really can't testify to the goodness of God do you hear how ridiculous that is but again people walk around all the time talking about forgetting their sins it's not the way human beings were put together and we ought to be broken over our sin because when we sin we create an HD DVD blu-ray picture in our mind that will be there for years and you years and years how many individuals even in the Germany testimonies have you heard of individuals who came to Christ late in life had sexual partners before they got married and now absolutely wish that they could erase the faces the familiar sense the memories of their former partners so that they could enjoy their spouse more thoroughly how many of us have heard those testimony how many of us could give that testimony we ought to be broken over our sin because it creates memories that stay with us and first and foremost if we couldn't remember our saying we couldn't testify here's the second thing if we couldn't remember our sins we wouldn't be warned against doing them again could you imagine if we could literally forget that fire was hot it should be walking around a bunch of crispy people you know what's the matter I'm not sure man these things just keep on coming on my hands Ochs that's what we would be like towards sin if we couldn't remember it God gives us the gift of the memory of our sins so that it continues to remind us of the consequence and he uses us uses that to urge us to correct us to corral us to call us to repentance to call us to brokenness [Music] is the other thing we couldn't rejoice in our victories if we can remember we couldn't see growth that the Spirit has produced in us if we couldn't remember and that good it has anybody ever gone back home with those folks and just had God put you in a closet where you lay down on your face and said God thank you for removing me from this place thank you for getting me out of here remember the first time as a grown man going back to the streets in South Central LA where I was raised I'll never forget that time and I'll never forget the time in April of 2006 when I went back and buried my father it was dead at 55 years old because I'm an addiction to cocaine I'll never forget riding around those streets I'll never forget going back home and realizing that that that the gangs not all there the guys I ran with the guys I grew up with they're not all there student preached at my father's funeral now I just had to go away afterwards in a corner by myself and lay on my face and weep and weep as I remembered who I was before God's saved me you can't have the memory of my sin I won't let you take it it reminds me of God's goodness to me it reminds me of His grace in my life it reminds me of where I was and what I never want to be again it reminds me that his work in me may not be complete but it is a factual I'm not who ought to be but hallelujah I'm not who I was [Music] [Applause] brokenness is an appropriate response when you understand that and you create a memory they create a snapshot and it stays with you and not so that we can dwell on it and beat ourselves up but brokenness is important thirdly brokenness over our sin is appropriate because our sin is an affront to a holy God listen to what he says against you and you only I have sinned and done what is evil in your sight so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgments behold I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me behold you delight and truth in the end were being you you teach me wisdom in the secret heart in other words God here's what God desires and God delights in and yet against you I've sinned notice he didn't say against Bathsheba I've sinned against Uriah I have sinned no against you God and ultimately against you only I have sinned because who was Uriah but the man that you created who was Bathsheba but the servant of the Most High God I sinned against you that's what worries me about the raw bells of the world that's what worries me about those who don't want to preach on sin because people already know that they're bad [Music] no we don't know we don't we watch the nightly news and we think those people are bad not us we all recognize that we have sinned against the holy and righteous God we don't get that we don't see that but I despise the picture that's painted in our culture of this sissified needy Jesus amen and that's who he is he's a sissified needy Jesus he's just yearning for you he's longing for you he wants friendship and relationship with you he needs you oh you're breaking his heart no he's gonna break you [Applause] newsflash by definition God is self-sustaining self existent and self-sufficient therefore by definition he needs nothing God does not need you and he's going to prove it one day cuz you're gonna die and the world's gonna keep on spinning at the same rate it was before you were here and somebody's going to get all your stuff he's waiting for you alright [Music] revelation 19 beginning of verse 11 then I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse the one sitting on it called faithful and true and in righteousness he judges and makes war he judges and makes war it's my god yeah I got some issues but that's alright his eyes are like a flame of fire on his head or many diadem's and he has a name written that no one knows but himself he's clothed in a robe dipped in blood and the name by which he is called as the word of God and the armies of heaven arrayed in fine linen white and pure were following him on white horses from his mouth comes a sharp sword with whips to strike down the nation's and he will rule them with a rod of iron he will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of the god almighty on his robe and on his thigh he has a name written king of kings and Lord of lords that's my Jesus that's the God whom I serve not the sissified Christ that's preached in pulpits around the United States of America I served a great god of the universe who gets angry and pours out his wrath I served the great god of the universe who demonstrated his wrath when he poured it out on his own son and it amazes me that we believe this that God would crush and kill his own son but let you slide not for a minute the spotless sinless Lamb of God suffered and bled and died because of the wrath of God that propitiation the satisfaction of the righteous wrath of God that's what was experienced on the cross how dare we take that that's the one against whom you've sent not to sissified Jesus with hair like the Breck girl with a lamb across his shoulders hands looked like he never worked a day in his life [Music] when we sin we sin against the almighty creator of the universe the maker of heaven and earth a tendon is the kicker though he should have killed me in my sleep for what I thought said and did on yesterday yet by His grace he has allowed me to live another day oh I think brokenness is very appropriate I think when we understand that brokenness is an extremely appropriate response in fact what other possible appropriate response is there but brokenness when we understand that about our God before faith and we'll spend a minute here not only is sin in the front to a holy God but sin as a hindrance to the true worship of God brokenness is an appropriate response to sin because sin is a hindrance to the true worship of God now listen to what he says here in verses 7 through 9 that don't don't don't don't miss this please he says purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean wash me and I shall be whiter than snow let me hear joy and gladness let the bones that you have broken rejoice there's no rejoicing there's no joy there's no gladness he needs that and only God can provide that look at this verse 9 hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities created in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me away from your presence and take not your Holy Spirit from me restore to me the joy of your salvation here's the problem we we've created this system and here's how it goes we look upon men as consumers to be satisfied and we create services designed for those consumers and sometimes in these churches what we do is we we polled the consumers to find out what would you like for us to sing for you how long would you like for us to preach to you 20 minutes fine we'll do it in 17 what kind of songs do you like and so what they do is they'll get a band up here you know they get a bunch of young kids you know their mother's hairdo guys you know every member of you too but don't know who Horatio Spafford was I mean the only of those guys they get those guys up there and they'll rock out for you and play all the stuff that you like the heater and you can you know come on enjoy it'll be man centered and even when it's not man-centered that there'll be enough mantras and repetition in it that you won't even mind that it's not man-centered even then musically it'll be man centered even when it's not lyrically mansard will do all that for you we'll keep changing it for you we'll keep updating it for you so that we can continue to satisfy and continue to keep you coming why because apart from brokenness you're incapable of authentic worship you think your old something and so you come in looking to be satisfied looking to be appeased but God has a little something to say about that and Isaiah chapter 1 beginning at verse 10 [Music] he writes here the word of the Lord you rulers of Sodom give here to the teaching of your God you people of Gomorrah by the way Sodom and Gomorrah are toast already he's talking to Israel what to me is the multitude of your sacrifices says the Lord I've had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts I do not delight in the blood of bulls or lambs or goats that sound familiar that's what's happening at the end of Psalm 51 when you come to appear before me who has required of you this trampling of my courts that's what God calls it trampling of my courts that's what's happening all over our land trampling of my court my courts that's what God calls it people call it relevant contemporary now and again I'm not talking about the age of a song that's not what I'm talking about here I'm talking about a theology of worship that is completely man centered I'm talking about a service that is openly identified as having lost sinners as its target and not the God of the universe who is the only one worthy of our worship that's what I'm talking about [Music] you see without a sense of brokenness over our sin all we have is the appeasement of the tyrannical old man an appeasement never works for long it is only when we experience genuine brokenness that authentic worship makes any sense at all then and only then does it make sense in fact it's when we come to that place of brokenness where we come to the end of ourselves where we're crushed under the weight of our own sin that we're actually able to magnify the Lord but when we come to the end of ourselves it's only then that we see the matchless majesty of Christ and it's only then in our brokenness that we recognize the answer to our problem and I'll do this just look at this for me if you will go back to our text and I want you to look at the verbs here first one have mercy blot out verse to wash me verse seven purged me wash me verse eight let me hear verse nine hide your face verse ten created me verse eleven cast me not verse twelve restore to me verse fourteen deliver me verse fifteen opened my lips in other words what's happened David recognizes that everything he needs can only be found in God but before we come to brokenness we believe that we can make it happen are you right with God yes I prayed a prayer are you ready God yes ivory dedicated my life are you right with God yes I've been having my quiet time are you right with God yes I've been iiiiii davis has Nicole [Music] there's no lie I can't do this I've seen what I can do I don't want what I can do I'm sick of what I can do I'm broken over what I can do but I'm not letting go I'm not giving up cuz I've also seen what you can do I need you to watch me I need you to cleanse me I need you to purge me I need you to restore me I need you to create in me I need you to make me whole I need you to love me I need you to forgive me I need you to save me I need you to wash me I need you to believe you you God because in and of myself all I can do is continue to crumble under the weight of my own blood guiltiness how is it ever going to happen how is it ever gonna happen when we continue to paint this picture of the sissified christ who is so empty and weak and needy how's it going to happen if we are actually communicating to people that brokenness is not of God it's actually an in appropriate response to sin you're a Christian you're beyond that may it never be may I never get over the fact that God saved a wretched sinner like me may I never get over the fact that he allowed me to see another day I'll never get over the fact that he's patient with me that he's long-suffering with me and that in mean dwells nothing nothing that could satisfy him may I never get over being broken over myself they I never ever become complacent I had never ever stopped realizing the incredible distance between me and my Jesus because that's the only way I appreciate the distance he traveled to make me as child yes brothers and sisters brokenness is an appropriate response to say it's the only appropriate response to sin not to wallow in it because the beauty in this picture is he's crushed under the weight of his sin but God doesn't keep him there it's only there that he is able to worship rightly brokenness is not just for you to feel bad brokenness is to get you in the place where you understand the magnitude of God's grace and mercy and this is what's so sad about what's going on in the name of grace [Music] people being robbed of it because what grace is there in the God who needs me so badly he heard ins for me so desperately no I'm the one who just showed grace to him because he was so needy before I came along you can have that Jesus all day every day and twice on Sunday give me the one on the white horse [Music] you

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