Ez 6:9 says that “I have been broken over the whoring heart that has departed from me.”
This is God speaking about Israel…
He is broken, about their sin.
This word “broken” (“shabbar”) is the same word David uses in Psalm 51:17 – “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
He will not despise it, because he knows exactly how it feels. When we are broken over others sins to us – God knows exactly how that feels, he felt it with Israel and I would argue he still feels it with us and our sins. Look at Eph 4:30 – “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” – if we are believers God still grieves over our sin. He paid for it with the blood of his son Jesus – he doesn’t want us to be trapped in sin anymore – we don’t have to be, he freed us from that. (read Romans 6…) Yet the most amazing thing is – in Christ – he doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve! Look at Ps 103:10. In Christ, he has punished sin once and for all, satisfied the wrath, and redeemed his holiness. The power of the cross!
As Milton Vincent writes in “The Gospel Primer” –
‘God sees my sins, and He is grieved by my sins. His grief comes partly from the fact that in my moments of sin, I am not receiving the fullness of His love for me.”
When we are broken before God over our own sins, and we ALL have to reach that point, it should give us overflowing praise for Christ Jesus our Lord.
24Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from(A) this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
Don’t let yourself stay broken – look to Christ who makes us whole and complete! He is the ultimate soul-healer and is ready and waiting to forgive you and lavish his grace upon you. (1 John 1:9; Ps 51:1-2; 10-12)