Daily Devotional: Psalms 22:1-5
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy one; you are the praise of Israel. 4 In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
7 During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
There are times in our lives that we, like the Psalmist, feel that God has forsaken us and does not hear our cry. There may be crucial moments that God has to let us stand or fall to show our faith. This was true with Job in his trials. It was true when Abraham was told to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. It was true with Jesus when he faced death on the cross for our sin. He did not want to go through with what he faced but he did want to do the will of God – so he died for us.
So at that moment he was dying and cried out these words, God turned his back on his unique Son because he made him to be sin for us, even though he had never known sin in his own life. Sin separates us from God and it was our sin that separated Jesus from his father. But because of his obedience he is now the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him – he is our Savior.
So whatever we face, we can know that God will hear us and sustain us in our trials. His grace is always sufficient for our needs. He may choose to heal or he may just give us strength to bear but he knows what is best every time. When we trust God we will never be disappointed.
Heavenly Father, God and creator of all things, I praise you above all else. Thank you for allowing me to be your child and to be forgiven through your Son. Create in me a pure heart and a totally devoted spirit to serve you and be like you. Keep me ever in your care. I know I don’t deserve to be yours or to dare come before you with my cares and yet I know you accept me because of Jesus. Increase my faith and fill my heart with your assurance, your peace and your joy. Use me in your service where you want me to be used. Open my eyes to the opportunities you put before me. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior.