Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live…. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. [Ezekiel 37:5,11-13]
God, it’s Your breath, breathed into our lungs, that makes us live. Let us never forget where we come from. Only You can restore us when we feel our bones drying up. Let us not seek other sources of “water” that only make us thirstier and barely hanging on to life afterwards. You are the living water, the water that makes us never thirst or want again, the water that brings eternal life (John 4:14). God, You are in us, and You have already clothed us in Your righteousness, righteousness that we have in Your Son Jesus. We are the only creation that is made in the image of God, and we are the only ones He actually breathed into to give life. Because of this, we should know and trust that He is Lord.
God told the people of Israel that He will open their graves and raise them from their graves. Jesus overcame death; why do we live as if we believe that He cannot raise us from our own deaths, our tiredness, our weariness, our burdens, our sins? We are born with sin, into a sinful, fallen world; how can we possibly fix our own brokenness by ourselves, or with more brokenness? God knows we can’t do it alone, nor does He expect us to. He knows we will screw up, time and time again, but He still loves us and wants us to come to Him, brokenness and all. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him [Psalm 103:10-13].
You give life, You are love. You bring light to the darkness. You give hope, You restore every heart that is broken. Great are You, Lord. It’s Your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to You only. All the earth will shout Your praise, our hearts will cry, these bones will sing. Great are You, Lord. [“Great Are You Lord” – All Sons and Daughters]