STEP four


In the fourth, or ‘repair’ stage of Kintsugi, an artist checks the glue has dried correctly, then accurately and measuredly draws in the gold linings. Crossway Worship’s ‘Renew (Psalm 51)’ explores how God renews and refines us as He restores us.

Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Back together

Holding fast

It is good

It feels like






He sustains me as he works

He sustains me as I wait…

As he details within me the final touches

An artist with the perfect eye for detail

Highlighting the cracks to enhance them

Brokenness now made into precious design

A thread of pure gold refined in a furnace

Now etched into my very being

A constant reminder

Of renewal

Of rebuilding

Of my restoration

Like a scar is a mark of healing

This gold he’s threading in me is

My healing

My beauty

My newness

My destiny

The old has gone

The new is becoming

There is a joy in this salvation

A joy in renewal

A joy in this revival

As he sustains me

I am becoming

Whole again



Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. It literally translates as being “joined with gold”. This beautiful artform models the master artist’s work in our own lives, as our Heavenly Father lovingly collects our broken pieces and makes us whole again through the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the work of His Holy Spirit.

Do you have a story about God’s restoration in your life?