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.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Being separated from the love of God and being forsaken by him are two very different things. God turns his back and a deaf ear toward those who reject him and those who refuse to keep his word. Our sin separates us from God. The wages of sin is death and without Christ and his sacrifice there are no exceptions.
Jesus took our sin upon himself. He died on the cross as one who was guilty for sin; and not just his own sin but the sin of every person who had lived up to his time and for every person who has lived afterward. God allowed this because he loves everyone, even while they are sinners and are his enemies. God is love.
2 Cor 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
In his love for mankind, God gave his Son to die for our sin. In the death of Jesus, the justice of God is met because sin has been punished by his death. Just as the sin of Israel was put on the head of the sin goat each year and was then killed, so the sins of mankind were put on Jesus as he died on the cross. This explains why he cried out from that cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God had to turn his back on his beloved Son because he was dying with the guilt of our sin. In this sacrifice, God was made both just and the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus Christ. O the infinite wisdom and marvelous grace of our God!
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love shown to me. I know I do not deserve any good thing from you because my sin has separated me from you. I also know there is nothing I can do to earn your pleasure or appease your justice. Thank you for devising a scheme of redemption and a way of salvation in the death of your Son. Since I am saved by grace, give me a heart of dedication to you and your will and a determination to always live for you. I pray in the name of Jesus.