“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are Holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.”
Full text: Psalm 22:1-11, 29-31.
The first line of this psalm is probably very familiar to us because Jesus cried out these exact words while He hung on the cross.
Yet this psalm was written by David, many generations before that.
As a child, Jesus would have read this psalm many times in His life during worship at the temple. That’s how come it came so readily to His mind while He was hanging on the cross.
So even for Christ, the Word of God was His strength and His comfort at His deepest time of trial.
Like David before Him, He clung on to this truth, “In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.”
Based on this, David appealed to God and ended the psalm with a note of praise and triumph: “for He has done it.”
We too can appeal to God in our time of trial, confident that He will never forsake us, even if in our suffering He seems far away or is silent when we call out.
Gracious God, sometimes it’s hard to believe You’re really with me…because in my darkest hour You’re often quiet and seemingly distant. May your Holy Spirit remind me of what You have done in the past…not just in the lives of your Prophets and your Son…but also in my own life. And may that reminder be my strength and my comfort especially when I am weak and afraid. Amen