Pray Your Lyrics: All Sons & Daughters - Brokenness Aside (Devotional)
In his book Worship Matters (which, incidentally, if you have never read, I urge you to buy), Bob Kauflin outlined an idea which has stuck with me since the second I first read it: in the days coming up to you leading worship for any event, pray your song lyrics through in your devotional times.
Couple this with the calling that Matt Redman and a few others have fostered over many years of teaching scripture through worship songs, and you arrive at where I’m headed with this devotional. First up, I’m going to take a song that ministers to me every time I hear it - All Sons & Daughters’ “Brokenness Aside”.
“Will Your Grace run out, if I let You down?” We read time and time again in the letters of the New Testament of how God is for us, and His love, grace, mercy, and hope are never ending, never changing, and never failing. He is for us, no matter what.
“Will You call me child, if I tell You lies?” There are a few references to children that immediately spring to mind - God’s approving, audible voice coming from Heaven at Jesus’ baptism, Jesus’ reference to “Let the little children come to me”, and the intimacy of Paul’s words in Romans 8:15 - we can call Him “Abba Father” (“Abba” being Greek for “Daddy”). Fathers, do you disown your children for lying to you?
“I am a sinner, if it’s not one thing it’s another, Caught up in words, tangled in lies You are the Saviour, You can take Brokenness Aside, And make it beautiful, beautiful”
The chorus speaks on many levels about where we often see ourselves in relation to God. There is an overwhelming message of hope and redemption encapsulated in these words - We are sinners, we have all fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23), and yet, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Not only that, but we can look at the image of Christ’s crucifixion, the Saviour of the world giving His life in such a bloody and shameful manner to the world at the time, as beautiful. We can take all our brokenness, all our pain, all our hurt and shame, and leave it at the foot of the cross.
I have a couple of overarching verses that this song brought to mind to leave you with as encouragement:
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow - not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 (NLT))
“God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead (it is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!). For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and kindness towards us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7 (NLT))
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