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The Rejoicing of Broken Bones

By Susan Brueck

“Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice” (Ps. 51:8).
The Lord opened this up to me today, it’s like I've been wandering in the desert for forty years. I'm sure it is nothing new to most of you but it really penetrated deep into my heart.
Regarding David in Psalm 51. How have I lamented over sin . . . for time wasted . . . for energy wasted. And even now, day after day I am so weary . . . weary of being weary . . . finding myself being short with those that care the most for me then seeking their forgiveness and running to the Lord and crying out to Him for forgiveness . . . but the following verses really stood out to me . . .Psalm 51:7-8. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
Jesus has done this work for us . . . He has made us to be whiter than snow because He bore the sins of the whole world on His body . . . a body thou hast prepared for us!  Tis a blessed thing to have your transgression forgiven and your sin covered. 
The bones that thou has broken . . . I've never had a broken bone but I imagine it is a painful condition . . .  something that gets your attention and keeps your attention.
The Lord did this to David. Some would consider this a harsh response on God's part, laying a charge at His feet. Notice that David DID NOT ASK TO BE HEALED. I understand that we pray like that, but here David did not. He asked that he would be made to hear joy and gladness. 
Up to that point he was silent . . . but God was not. David’s bones waxed old through his roaring . . . not whimpering but roaring. And God's hand was heavy on him with no let up, continually. And his moisture was turned as the drought of summer. 
David wasn't just experiencing some physical malady . . . the Lord did this, the bones which thou hast broken . . . why would the Lord do this to David? Or, perhaps, why would He do this to any of His children. Because it is necessary. Necessary to bring you to a place where you regard your sin as iniquity that has separated you from your God. Necessary to bring you back into sweet communion with Him. Necessary so that that restoration will result in rejoicing . . . because of the cleansing that has occurred as a result of a heart/spirit that was truly contrite and broken and not despised of God. And God caused David to hear . . . to hear joy. To hear gladness . . . what does joy and gladness sound like? To me it sounds like the sweetness of walking in the garden where there is nothing between me and the Lord. And I know, and I am persuaded that nothing, absolutely nothing can separate me from the love of God.
God breaks bones because he loves you . . . next time you question why things are going the way they are . . . ask. Ask of God. He is faithful to answer.