Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. – Psa. 51:8 KJV
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Although the Almighty God is described as a patient and merciful God (Psa. 103:8-18), he does get to his limits of patience with a stubborn Christian who has refused to see his errors and desirous of repentance or one who has decided to take his mercies for granted with the belief that God will never allow any negative thing to happen to his beloved ones – Psa. 118:18. This when viewed from the scriptures, is a very wrong belief as God does get angry and instead of ignoring the sinner in whom He has interest in, He allows for very difficult situations to come up around such a person. He may actually be the one that will rouse all those negative situations, not because He wants to destroy the Christian but because He wants to apply the stick after so many occasions of applying the carrot and the Christian is refusing to change – 1Kgs. 11:8-33. The Christian should always see the action of God in such circumstances as a rebuke and a demonstration of love, and not a punishment – Heb. 12:6.
The pain associated with the rebuke of the Lord for those He loves can be as intense as the demonstration of His love. The anger of the Lord can be very consuming even though it is always for a moment with regards to those He loves (Psa. 30:5) and is not an experience that anyone should aspire to have. The use of the word, “moment” in the above scripture is actually in reference to a time frame that will be better described as a season. It is a period when God withdraws all the Grace enjoyed by the individual and he/she is suddenly exposed to the activities of the enemies, who in most cases, never really gave up on their attack on the individual, but were only being prevented from reaching the individual by the unseen hedge that the Lord built round the him/her – Job 1:10. The removal of this Grace and the sudden exposure of the individual to the activities of the enemies, whether personally acquired or God sent, creates a huge inconvenience and a life that is like hell on earth for the person. New failures of unimaginable dimensions begin to appear and old successes begin to fade away. Honour begins to get replaced with dis-honour and areas of perfection that were earlier taken for granted become known for imperfection. That probably was what King David was experiencing when God decided that enough was enough with regards to his transgressions, which led to his incurring the anger of the Lord.
However, like the merciful God that He is, He was quick to forgive as soon a King David showed genuine repentance. His prayer request for forgiveness is the Psalm numbered in the scriptures as Psalm 51 and in that prayer, he stated clearly what he wanted from God, one of which is the scripture for today’s devotion. In that scripture, he pleaded with God to make him hear joy and gladness, so that his broken bones may rejoice. For that prayer to be rendered in such a manner, it implies that all that King David had been hearing was bad news. This is understandable considering the fact that in a moment that was equal to a single day, Job heard four bad news that was sufficient to change his life from a happy one to a sad one – Job 1:13-19. In the case of Job, even though it was more of God taking pride in him, the experience was too much for him to bear as he tore his clothes by the time the fourth news came. His reaction in such circumstances however, remains a positive reference for any Christian as the Bible says, “he fell to the ground and worshipped God”, acknowledging the emptiness of life and greatness of the Lord in all situations – Job 1:20-22.
King David knew that only God could change his story such that he will stop hearing bad news and begin to hear good news. He knew that all the bad news was God’s way of penalising him for his transgressions. He had quickly acknowledged those sins (Psa. 51:3) and was aware that God does not reject a broken and a contrite heart – Psa. 51:17. Representing his pains with the use of the phrase “broken bones”, he appealed that God should change his story from receiver of bad news to the receiver of good news so that the pain that brought him sadness can be replaced with relief that will bring joy.
So what are you waiting for in that your painful situation? Disregard all the individuals that may be featuring around your broken bones, like they broke them, and focus on the God that is able to change your testimonies. Enough of people constantly associating you with one disaster or the other. Enough of people always coming to commiserate with you on one bad news after the other. Acknowledge and confess your sins to Him today. Plead with Him for forgiveness and ask Him to change your story from that of bad news to good news. There is no doubt that like the father of the prodigal son, He is waiting for your return (Lk. 15:20) and He will surely change your story such that your broken bones will definitely rejoice again, in Jesus name. Amen.