{Psalms 40:1-3; NLT}

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.

He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.

It comes down to this: God’s best is available only to those who sacrifice, or willing to sacrifice, the merely good. If we are satisfied with good health, responsible children, enjoyable marriages, close friendships, interesting jobs, and successful ministries, we will never hunger for God’s best. We will never worship. I’ve come to believe only broken people truly worship. Unbroken people – happy folks who enjoy their blessings more than the Blesser – say thanks to God the way a shopper thanks a clerk.

Larry Crabb, Shattered Dreams, p. 57

Questions to consider:

  • Describe a time when God has rescued you.
  • Why is sacrifice important to experiencing God’s best?
  • How does brokenness fuel our worship?


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