From Dry Bones to Beautiful Things

So I was listening to these two songs by a band called Gungor. Some may be familiar with them. These songs really spoke to me today. Give them a read before I continue.

My soul cries out
My soul cries out for You

These bones cry out
These dry bones cry for You
To live and move
‘Cause only You can raise the dead
Can lift my head up

My soul cries out
My soul cries out for You

Jesus, You’re the one who saves us
Constantly creates us into something new
Jesus, surely You will find us
Surely our Messiah will make all things new
Will make all things new

My soul cries out
My soul cries out for You

These bones cry out
These dry bones cry for You
To live and move
‘Cause only You can raise the dead
Can lift my head up

Jesus, You’re the one who saves us
Constantly creates us into something new
Jesus, surely You will find us
Surely our Messiah will make all things new
Will make all things new

Life is breaking out, it’s breaking out
Life is breaking out, it’s breaking out, it’s breaking out
And life is breaking out, it’s breaking out, it’s breaking out

Jesus, You’re the one who saves us
Constantly creates us into something ne
Jesus, surely You will find us
Surely our Messiah will make all things new
Will make all things new
-Dry Bones by Gungor

And this song, of which many more may be familiar with

All this pain
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You
You make me new, You are making me new
-Beautiful Things by Gungor

There was a statement in Dry Bones that really got me thinking,
‘Cause only You can raise the dead
Can lift my head up

Jesus, You’re the one who saves us
Constantly creates us into something new
Jesus, surely You will find us
Surely our Messiah will make all things new
Will make all things new

What if we really believed this? What if we lived as this was the truth in our lives? What if we believed we are constantly being renewed in our mind and in our hearts, that He constantly creates us into something new? He is the only one that can save us and raise us from the dead.

I know in my past I haven’t really lived as if I’ve totally believed this statement. Rather, I’ve lived quite contrary to it. I related to David a lot, with my sin “lying ever before me,” and my thoughts saying constantly in my head, “I am such a wretched child, I am not worthy to bear the title of a child of God, much less the leader that I have been. I am washed out and worthless, deemed to be thrown into a hole and forgotten about.”

I had lost sight of all hope pretty much in my sin. I had believed Satan’s lies and kept spiraling down into darker places within my soul. The weight of my sin was crushing me, shoving me into a hole that I almost couldn’t crawl out of. And my sin would have, had it not been for Jesus. He has been the one interceding for me this whole time as His child. He had saved me by His blood and by His wonderful grace. His hand was there the whole time as I was lying there destitute within my hole. His hand was there as I took it and he pulled out of my dark hole. The muck still stuck to my clothes. He gave me white robes and said, “Walk with me, child. Don’t look back, walk with Me now.”

For me to come close to realizing this and grasping this has taken me a long time, but I think the illustration of God raising up an army out of dry bones captures what God has done for me and you. There was a valley of dry bones, lying there in the hot sun. Nothing could make them live, no matter how much those bones wanted to come together and live. If they even succeeded in coming together as a skeleton, that’s all they would remain. There wouldn’t even be flesh, let alone breath in their lungs that their ribs longed to feel around them again. It is only by God’s grace and power that can cause flesh, joints, organs, tendons and the like form around those dry bones. It is yet further by His grace and power that He can breathe life into our flesh and bone and cause us to live before Him. We cannot do anything on our own. But through His Son He has given us life, and breathed to life an army before Him to bring Him glory and to praise His name because we were but dry bones, but now stand up and yell as one, “Great in all the earth is the Lion of the tribe of Judah! Great is His name, forever it shall stand and forever it shall be praised! He has caused us to live, from dry bones now into beautiful things, and forever we shall live before Him and give glory to His name!”

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean 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. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.”
Ezekiel 37:1-14

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