Sweetly Broken, a worship song with two words that don’t go together

The two words (sweetly, broken) really don’t seem like they belong together. In fact, I don’t recall ever saying a sentence to anyone with the two words together.  Yet, a popular worship song (Sweetly Broken) — the most recent song we’ve been learning, puts them right together.

Sweetly is a word that is attractive and positive. When we eat a candy bar, it should be sweet.  When we write that Christmas card to grandma, it should be sweet.  When we talk to our boy/girl friend or spouse, well — you get the point.  In contrast, let’s look at the other word.

Broken is a word that is more unattractive and negative. When you are ready to ride your bike, it’s a bummer when the chain is broken.  When the temperature is way up, the air conditioning doesn’t work, and you live in Kansas; it’s a big bummer.  When your relationship breaks up — bummer.

However, in regards to the Gospel — the two words couldn’t be a better match. In fact, they have everything to do with how salvation works.  Salvation, very simply put, is recognizing that your relationship with God is broken because of the sin in your life.  But if you recognize and believe that Jesus Christ died as payment for those sins and came back to life three days later, and therefore has power of death…your belief and complete trust in Jesus’ act saves you from an eternal separation from God after this life.

Think of it like sugar cane. Sugar cane isn’t really sweet until it gets ripped apart, shredded, and all the juice is squeezed/evaporated out of it.  Then it’s sweet.  It wouldn’t be sweet unless it was broken first.

Here’s how salvation is a sweet brokeness. So God sent His son Jesus to be broken on the cross (death) — in order to turn it around into something sweet (salvation for you and me).  That’s how the words work together.  It was the best deal and worst deal.  God is just and demands payment for sin — bummer.  Yet God is love, and therefore provided the death in our place — His Son Jesus Christ.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

How about you? Have you been broken by sin (the Bible says no one is perfect, without sin)?  Do you know you’ll end up with the sweetest deal…spending an eternity after this life with God in heaven?  Or are you banking on the fact that you’ll get the heaven by being good (an attempt to somehow break yourself out of the sinful situation)?  Why don’t you today decide to simply tell God you recognize what He did for you — and claim through repentance, belief, and trust that Jesus is the only way to heaven.

Sweetly Broken
Verse 1
To the cross I look
And to the cross I cling
Of its suffering I do drink
Of its work I do sing
On it my Savior
Both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is Love
And God is Just
Chorus 1
At the cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words
So lost in love
I’m sweetly broken
Wholly surrendered
Verse 2
What a priceless gift
Undeserved life
Have I been given
Through Christ crucified
You called me out of death
You called me into life
And I was under Your Wrath
Now through the cross
I’m reconciled
In awe of the cross I must confess
How wondrous Your Redeeming Love
And how great is Your Faithfulness
CCLI Song No. 4514635
© 2005 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Music Services)
Jeremy Riddle
For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use.  All rights Reserved. http://www.ccli.com
CCLI License No. 21985

One Response to Sweetly Broken, a worship song with two words that don’t go together

  1. Ryan Egan says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this helpful breakdown. Sweet brokenness indeed.

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