Songs From Judges: Broken Things


Each week, we will go through the books of the Bible, looking at a song that illustrates a passage from each book.

Judges 7 tells the story of how God took a fearful judge, Gideon, and led him to take on the entire Midianite army with three hundred men. God explained: “The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me” (Judges 7:2, KJV).

God did not have these three hundred equip themselves with the latest in military technology. Instead, each man was to take a trumpet in his right hand and an empty pitcher in their left hand. There would be a lamp within each pitcher; the pitcher would hide its light.

These three hundred men came up to the Midianite camp, sounded their trumpets, broke their pictures so the lamps would shine, and shouted, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!”

Then, as verse 21 relates, the Midianite “host ran, and cried, and fled.”

The McKameys’ song “Broken Things,” released on their 1989 Sing Praises project, retells the story:

When Gideon’s army went into the camp
On God’s appointed day
God used the broken pitchers there
To scare the enemy away

Then the chorus applies the lesson:

Broken things, broken things
God has a purpose for broken things
Broken things, broken things
God uses broken things

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  1. This has always been one of my favorite songs, as I like the unique message it conveys from Judges. The second verse further applies the message and relates it to the listener. “So give Him your heart, and give Him your all, and He’ll be all to you. Bring Him your shattered, broken life; He’ll give you life anew.”