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Contrite: by Jodie Montgomery

Once in awhile, there is a song that seems to play on the radio just when I need it most. That’s been happening lately and the song is Touch the Sky by Hillsong United. I want to pull over when I hear it and just rest in the truth celebrated in the lyrics. There is a phrase in the song that really appeals to me, it is in the chorus:

My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground

The phrase is “upward falling”. I like the contradiction of the phrase and the fact that it isn’t contradictory when you consider the context of the song and more importantly the significance of contrition in a child’s relationship with their Father.  Every good parent embraces and celebrates the child that comprehends their wickedness and turns to their parent for help doing right. As we admit our wrong, our loved ones pick us up. Upward falling, the phrase reminds me of contrition and the power of contrition.

con·tri·tion [kənˈtriSHən],  the state of feeling remorseful and penitent. Synonyms: remorsefulness, repentance, penitence, sorrow, rue, regret, pangs of conscience, shame, guilt, compunction

Contrition comes from an old French and late Latin word which means “ground down”.

I’m reminded of some Bible promises related to the contrite:

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 66:2 “For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
I’ve learned, in my walk of faith, that God does honor the contrite for it takes contrition to realize how critical our need is for a Savior, for the Lord Jesus Christ. I can not approach my holy, heavenly Father without a grinding down of my self righteousness. It is when I recognize my need of His provision of righteousness in His Son that my “falling” takes me upward as I take refuge in the Son and experience restored life. If only I would learn how to more readily fight the urge to “hide”, ignore, or rationalize my sin; I could rest in my Father’s care without hindered relationship. God’s Spirit fills the contrite believer and He dwells with them just as He dwells in the heavenly realm.
These are lofty thoughts and I would question their truth were it not for His revelation of Himself and discovering His merciful grace. So I go back to singing and enjoy His willingness to lift me up as I humbly bow before the One Who loves in a manner far beyond what I can comprehend. Take a minute and tell me some of your favorite praise songs. A favorite song can change our mood before the last chorus is sung!

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Thank you Elizabeth Kahn for the photography!