Broken and Poured Out

Many of us, myself included, are ashamed and afraid to be seen by others in our broken stages. Often that is when we can be poured out before God and be used the most by him.

When I hear the word “broken” it’s usually about something or someone that is damaged, not fit for use, or able to fulfill its designed purpose. Broken means reduced to fragments, not functioning properly or out of working order, weakened in strength or spirit, and having given up all hope or being defeated. That’s basically the opposite of being complete, connected or wholesome. The Bible, however, gave me a different or should I say better perspective of brokenness.

Psalm 34 verse 18 says, “the Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit”. This verse is referring to our hearts being broken over our sins. When we are truly sorry for our sins, which is brokenness, the Lord is present according to this verse. How awesome is that? To know that God is present in my brokenness. I believe for this to happen we must spend time getting to know Jesus and building an intimate relationship with him. This kind of response to sin is a result of time spent alone in God’s word and presence.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls”. Matthew 11:29

A broken heart and spirit is an acceptable sacrifice to God. Outside of this biblical or godly context, it’s unacceptable. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise”, Psalm 51 verse 17. God desires a repentant heart. A heart broken with sorrows for sin. Just as King David was in Psalm51 after the prophet Nathan came to him after he sinned with Bathsheba. True worship in spirit and in truth comes from a heart broken over sin and poured out before God.

There’s purpose in being broken and poured out. God will show up to heal us from the wounds of sin, forgive us, comfort us from our sorrow, then bind up our wounds. His presence can then fill us up with truth and righteousness. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds”, Psalm 147 verse 3. Being broken and poured out results in us humbling ourselves before God.

Once we are broken we can empty ourselves and allow the Spirit of God to fill us. We can then pour out in worship and be an effective vessel to demonstrate God’s love, goodness, and mercy. God allows us to be broken to rebuild us for his glory. Our brokenness is supposed to draw us to the presence of God as he is near. Too many times we tend to hind in shame or fear. Pride can easily cause us to miss his presence!

In Psalm 34 verse 18 brokenhearted in its Hebrew origin “nishbar lev”, the one with a broken heart, is referring to our inner life, our affections, mind, and will. We can submit these things to God when we are broken and poured out before him. Our inner life of thoughts and feeling is usually expressed in our actions. When we are inwardly shattered we need God’s divine help and deliverance. Hence why he is near, but we must pour out and allow him to fill us up. We will miss him if we are full of ourselves and everything else contrary to his word. A heart that is humbled at God’s displeasure for sin is tender and willing to bend to God’s will. Then, God “will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit”, Psalm 51 verse 9.

Unfortunately, it does take an actual heartbreak sometimes to get us into the state of brokenness. However we get there, God will be near. “Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”, Matthew 5 verse 3.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9


The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. Isaiah 57:15


My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:2


14 thoughts on “Broken and Poured Out”

  1. This was beautiful. I actually read it during my devotion time and it was right on time. Many times people think brokenness equals weakness, but that’s when God does his best work. Loved this post.

  2. I love this! I tend to want to hide during times of brokenness also. Not realizing that it is during those times that God can pour me out and use me to bring healing, comfort and His glory to other people! ❤

  3. It is in our brokenness that Christ uses us to speak words of healing to others . Christ broke Himself for us and it was not a sign of weakness but of redemption. What a blessed post, Tara.

  4. This is truly a blessing. It helped keep me humble my brokenness it keeps me at the feet of Jesus. It’s when I’m broken that God is allowed to come and put me together and it may not be how I would think but it’s definitely how I need to be! Being emptied and refilled by Jesus. Oh it’s nothing like it!
    And I used to despise being openly broken because of pride and resentment and now although it’s fill hard to go through I know In the end it will be worth it!
    Thanks for sharing Tara!

    1. Thanks for reading! I used to be afraid as well, wondering how crazy I would look to others. What’s important is how God sees us. It’s an intimate moment with God.

  5. This hit home for me. Often times I want to disappear when things get tough in life but for the first time in my life, I realize that God is near and His Love is overwhelmingly amazing. It keeps me fighting through ththe brokenness.

      1. All the time! I just realized I wasn’t ready for the truth and needed to feel some grief and pain before running back to the arms of The Father.

  6. I think we, myself included, often see brokenness from a purely natural viewpoint. Seen through natural eyes it can be an embarassing, sorrowful state with no benefit. Thank you for pointing out the need to look at times of brokenness through spiritual eyes in order to see the purpose and benefit; in order to allow God to come in and restore us, make us better, and be glorified.

    1. Exactly. We get so caught up in the natural we failed to realize God is a Spirit, his views are spiritual and eternal. We live life better when we see it through his Word.

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