Psalm 22 and From Despair to Praise

Psalm 22 and From Despair to Praise

I was reading Psalm 22 this morning and it seriously brought me to tears this morning. I know that recently in my life I have made the decision to fight for my relationship with the Lord – to be desperate for Him every day instead of having to fall into a pit or reach a rock bottom to remember that I need Him every moment. You know what I mean? Anyone been there? I don’t want to be complacent or become apathetic ever again and I really pray for fresh oil from the Lord and for Him to be at work in me to will and act according to His purposes, every day. I still get distracted and am definitely NOT perfect. But He is so faithful.

So, reading Psalm 22 this morning – David, whom we all think of as this great man of God except for his own rock bottom when he committed adultery, conspiracy to murder, etc… and then he repented and God heard him and restored him. What a great reminder of how God loves us no matter what! And in Psalm 22, David starts out with some really sad words. He feels so down and alone but He cries out to God in all honesty and asks why has He forsaken him. I wanna tell you. By the end of the psalm, David is praising the Lord and speaking of hope and victory!

Isn’t that the way God is? Sometimes when we are down and we want to complain, if we will just honestly cry out to God and turn our hearts to Him – He will lift our spirits and He will speak to us and He will renew our hope and set our feet on the Rock and we will end up praising the Lord and shouting hallelujah! Yes. That is the God that we love and we serve! Give Him a shout of praise this morning God bless you and keep you!

Text for Psalm 22 (found on http://www.mit.edu)

Psalm 22

1
Psalm 22 For the director of music. To [the tune of] “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
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. [1]
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.
6
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
7
All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
8
“He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
9
Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.
10
From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11
Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
12
Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13
Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.
14
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me [2] in the dust of death.
16
Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced [3] my hands and my feet.
17
I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
18
They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
19
But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
20
Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save [4] me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22
I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.
23
You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
25
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you [5] will I fulfill my vows.
26
The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him– may your hearts live forever!
27
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
28
for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
29
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him– those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
31
They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn– for he has done it.

 

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