Psalm 22

Psalm 22 has David asking words we have heard from Jesus Christ, the Messiah while He was on the cross.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning”?  David knows and trusts God, yet he feels agony and aloneness as he faces great danger and a host of people that truly want to destroy him.  He has a relationship with God, and it is personal.  David is surprised that he feels the way he does – alone and overwhelmed by circumstances.

He goes on to remind God “In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them”.  He cries out God’s holiness and remembers God’s faithfulness to generations.  He knows God has delivered many times before, and is confident that God would do so again.  David has some despair as he tries to reconcile how God can seem so far from him given the history of the past.  “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him”.

David has been in relationship with God for a very long time.  He’s depended on God his entire life.  “From my mother’s womb you have been my God”.  David doesn’t run from God during this time.  He runs to God.  That is how we should all respond if we feel disconnected from God.  We press into Him, not pull away.  Sometimes the response is ‘if God isn’t helping me, I’m moving away from Him’.  David shows us that we have to cling to the history of our relationship.  We need to hang on to the Rock even if we feel alone.

And the reason is clear – there is no alternative.  God is our only answer.  “Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help”.  God is our only source of strength.  He is our only option.  And we need to stand firm in our relationship with Him and trust His faithfulness.  The end of the story has already been written.  He is God.  “All the families of the nations shall worship before you.  For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations”.  God’s power and authority will stand, whether we feel like it or not.  We just need to stand firm in our trust in Him!

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