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.
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.
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 my restoration
Like a scar is a mark of healing
This gold he’s threading in me is
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
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?