Our broken lives were changed, when You broke the night with day. — God Be Praised, by Jon Egan
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My wife and I are playing music at our church this morning, and God Be Praised is one of the songs on the list. It has a piano piece during the verses that takes up my attention so I can’t sing at the same time. But the first line of the third verse is the above quote, and it is my favorite line of all the songs we’re playing today.
Why? Because it captures so much in so few words.
What does it capture?
My state – On my own I am broken, I am shattered, I am in pieces.
His grace – Because of Him, as the pieces of the chains that bound me fall to the ground, the rubble of the life I tried to build begins to come together into the masterpiece He intended.
The victory of Christ – The night has been broken, the bondage shattered, the stronghold demolished. Light and life have come through Christ.
The finality of this change: Christ’s work is done. “It is finished.” Our lives are being changed, yes, but the primary catalyst for change – His victory – is already settled and established.
As the spiritual kingdom of this world shatters all around me, and as the world I tried to build comes apart, light shines in the darkness and unrelenting love creates a new life out of the ruins.
This is how His Word is coming to life in my heart today as we sing.