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Broken Stones and Hallelujah

Posted by Susan Ridgway on

When my son Josiah was little he was infatuated with stones.  He would pick them up everywhere and put them in his pockets.  He would run up to me and say, "Mom, look at this one!"  I would nod dutifully and act surprised at each "treasure" he found. For him, these were priceless finds and he wanted to keep every single one.  I did not appreciate the beauty nearly as much especially when they showed up in the washing machine! 

In our new song for the month of February, the author talks about broken stones and singing "Hallelujah".  Let's explore together how these two things are as connected as the joy in a little boy finding his "treasures".     

In the book of Exodus God gives instruction to Moses on how to build an altar for worshipping Him.  He says "If you use stones to build my altar, use only natural, uncut stones.  Do not shape the stones with a tool, for that would make the altar unfit for holy use. " (Exodus 20:25) 

In choosing to use uncut stones, God was showing that He did not desire  perfection from us.  He is searching for honesty.  He wanted an altar that represented who we really are with all our scars, bruises, and broken places.  

In the book of Psalms, David realizes this truth after committing a terrible sin against God.  In his brokenness he comes to God with this honest assessment of worship: "You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.  You do not want a burnt offering.  The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.  You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God." (Psalms 51:16-17) 

In the book of I Peter the picture is completed when Peter makes this analogy:  "And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests.  Through the mediation of Jesus Christ you offer spiritual sacrifices "  (I Peter 2:5) 

So we are the uncut or broken stones in the altar that God describes to Moses.  God wants us to be uncut, broken, honest, and repentant as David discovers.  Through Jesus, these broken stones are built into a spiritual temple. We have one purpose and that is to bring glory and honor to God.  

So in our brokenness, how do we bring glory to God? We sing "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God!"  (Revelation 19:1) We worship in the midst of our trials and joys.  We love, trust, and surrender to Him in all areas of our lives.  We let him put together the pieces in such a way that we become a beautiful altar of praise. 

As our song this month says, "Hallelujah from here below is still Your favorite melody."  We are God's treasure and he delights in every beautifully broken stone that is willing worship with our very best "Hallelujah!" 

Please click the link and enjoy learning this new song with us! https://youtu.be/QunhrQXlAHE









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