Scripture:

22:1, 7-8, 16

1 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

7 – All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

8 – “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

16 – For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet

Observation:

The opening words are recited from Jesus Christ while he hung, dying on the cross.  Jesus was mocked just as David is being mocked. Jesus’s hands and feet were pierced just as David’s were. The death of our savior was not only predicted by the words in the Old Testament, the death of our savior was foreshadowed and lived out in the life of King David so that we, as the readers, would see this foreknown and perfect plan for King Jesus to be “forsaken” “mocked” and “pierced” for His glory and our good.

Application:

As we hear the pain in king David’s voice let us be reminded of the sweet, yet painful voice of our savior, king Jesus. God’s plan was not for Him to wave a magical wand over the universe and cure us from this disease called sin, God’s plan was to sacrifice His son, His only son. David felt pain, real pain. Jesus felt pain, real pain. Do we feel pain at the sight of our sin? Jesus didn’t feel pain for sake of feeling pain, He felt it on our behalf. Let us be reminded of this truth as we head into a new week: We have no access to Jesus without the words “My God, My God, why have you forsake me” and because of those words we hear the promise from God say to us “I will never leave you nor forsake you”

If you are in Christ, remind yourself the price of your sin, remind yourself the pain of your sin, but don’t stop there. Rest. Rest in the promise that He does not leave whom He chooses to call His.

Prayer:

Jesus please remind me the pain that my sin caused. Give me a heart of flesh, remove this heart of stone. Break us for what breaks you. Help us rest in your work. Remind our souls that you called us, you choose us, and you’ll keep us, because you’re good and because it’s FOR your good to do so. Thank you Jesus.

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