Broken or Blessed

In many instances in the bible, a broken spirit refers to one who can be blessed by God. Today, broken refers to the condition of those who defy God rather than submitting to God. That is the key to being Broken or Blessed.

How many times have I heard, have seen or have experienced how one postures him/herself against authority determines how that authority responds. In human terms, I was just talking with a group of people this past Sunday about how posturing myself defiantly against my mother resulted in me being broken. She would definitely spank, and I use that term lightly, me. What about an employee, who in defiance, continues to not follow company policy? Think of when a defendant comes defiantly into a courtroom. The judge typically will not administer any leniency in determining the sentence of that defiant defendant.

This is exactly what God the Father and God the Son are saying in our passage today. There are two outcomes based on how you respond to them – Broken or Blessed.  Let’s hear the Word of the Lord.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

What determines if we are Broken or Blessed? God says it is our attitude that leads to our obedience. Those who defy God refusing to TRUST in Him as God, Savior, Sovereign will be broken. The passage speaks of LORD’s Anointed. That is a clear reference to Jesus Christ, the Son (v.7).  Jesus is attributed to having absolute power over all including rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world, spiritual forces of evil and certainly people and nations. The Psalmist reveals that power over them in that they are like clay pots before him who can shatter them with a blow from His iron rod. Again, God is being merciful to show us how crazy and foolish it is for us to defy the Lord God and His Anointed, Jesus.  When you defy them, you will be BROKEN.

On the other hand, the one who submits and surrenders to the Lord God and His Anointed, Jesus will be BLESSED. One will not take refuge (i.e. seek shelter or safety from harm in Him) unless that person TRUSTS in God. God is calling us all to TRUST Him, so we can be blessed.

The contrast couldn’t be any more different. This is the same message that He conveyed in Deuteronomy 30 where He said,

15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed.

Whether your health, your wealth, your spouse, your child, your parent, your vocation or whatever, the expectation is the same. The LORD God wants you to TRUST and submit unto Him, so you can be BLESSED. It truly is a matter of life and death both literally and figuratively. Will you be Broken or Blessed? The choice is yours. Take refuge in the LORD God.

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