My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me? And from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season and am not silent. Psalm 22:1-2 NKJV
David prayed in great distress. David’s lament was so profound and deeply heartfelt Jesus quoted the opening words of this psalm on the cross.
No one was more dearly loved and blessed by God than David. David walked in amazing boldness. David won great victories through faith in God. The Lord’s hand was upon David all his life.
David received God’s love with thanksgiving. He acknowledged God’s blessing on his life. David gave God the glory for all he did. David served the Lord by serving God’s people.
Why is the man described as having a heart after God’s feeling forsaken? Why is David crying out as if God has removed His hand of blessing and protection?
David spent too much time looking into the mirror of his sin and failure. David saw his enemies crouching at his door. David viewed his relationship with God through the lens of his circumstances. David took his eyes of the Lord. He focused on his circumstances.
David was giving more validity to his feelings and emotions than God’s faithfulness!
David concluded this psalm by declaring God would answer his prayer and draw near to him. David declared he would give praise and honor to God. David said all the ends of the earth would remember and turn to his God.
David knew the goodness and mercy of God would prevail over his circumstances!
David did what a lot of us are doing today. We sulk in the circumstances of trials and hardships feeling as though God has forsaken us. We convince ourselves God has forgotten us. We act like victims when we should be walking in Jesus’ victory!
We give more validity to our feelings and emotions than the reality of God’s faithfulness!
We know the Lord will answer our prayers. We know Jesus will deliver us from our circumstances. But we choose to live under our circumstances rather than above them.
Our circumstances do not validate God’s faithfulness. God’s Word does. We are God’s beloved. Jesus will never forsake us. He will never forget us. Jesus will never leave us!
No one is more dearly loved and blessed by God than us. We may be frail and weak, but we can walk with the boldness of mighty lions. We can be victorious over our circumstances through faith in Jesus. God’s mighty hand is upon people who love and honor Jesus today!
Focus on the promised blessing rather than the present hardship!
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