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. Psalm 22:1-5
We have looked at the 22nd Psalm before but I thought it would be nice to take another look as we look for Old Testament passages that relate to the Messiah. This Psalm written by David pertains not only to David but the coming Messiah. While some of the verses seem to be about David alone many if not most could not be about David.
Today’s verses seem to be about both David and the Messiah. In fact the first sentence is one of the things Jesus said on the cross just before He died. As the sins of the world are poured on Jesus and God unable to look at our sins turns His back Jesus cries out. He feels that God has left him. David too had reason to feel forsaken by God. He was driven from home and hunted by Saul. Living like an animal he must have felt alone.
Yet just as God did not forsake His Son so He did not forsake David. David eventually became king of Israel ruling in Jerusalem. Jesus was resurrected from the grave and is King of all. God will never forsake His people. Yes at time He seems withdrawn and distant but for us that usually means it is us that have moved away from Him not He from us.
So the next time you feel God has given up on you take a moment and evaluate your actions. What have you done that has put distance between you and God? He is never more than a thought away. He is always ready to take us back under His wing. Those around us may leave us and forget us, God never will.
Have a blessed day,