A Contrite Heart (Honesty Before God)

The song I want to share with you all has become such a precious reminder to me how much it pleases God when we take personal responsibility for our actions and are genuinely heartbroken over our failures.

God loves each one of us – warts and all. His only prerequisite to fellowship is not perfection, but repentance. And repentance is not even promising it won’t happen again. It’s just confessing and being broken over whatever it is that we’ve done.

The truth is we’re blessed if, by God’s goodness and mercy, we are heartbroken over our sin. It’s easy to get callous or become so delusional that we begin marketing our bad behavior, calling it by much gentler words than what our actions deserve.

Better Than a Hallelujah is a beautiful song, sung by Amy Grant, from her Somewhere Down the Road CD. Please take a moment to listen and absorb how beautiful and insightful the words are; I pray they’ll bless and encourage you.

Better Than a Hallelujah

God loves a lullaby
In a mother’s tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

God loves the drunkard’s cry
The soldier’s plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

The woman holding on for life
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

The tears of shame for what’s been done
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

Better than a church bell ringing
Better than a choir singing out, singing out

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful, the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)
Better than a Hallelujah
(Better than a Hallelujah sometimes)

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