my God my God why have you abandoned me?
why are you so far away when I groan for help?
every day I call to you my God but you do not answer
every night you hear my voice but I find no relief
yet you are holy
enthroned on the praises of israel
our ancestors trusted in you
and you rescued them
they cried out to you and were saved
they trusted in you and were never disgraced
but I am a worm and not a man
I am scorned and despised by all
everyone who sees me mocks me
they sneer and shake their heads saying
is this the one who relies on the Lord?
then let the Lord save him
if the Lord loves him so much
let the Lord rescue him
yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb
and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast
I was thrust into your arms at my birth
you have been my God from the moment I was born
do not stay so far from me
for trouble is near
and no one else can help me
my enemies surround me like a herd of bulls
fierce bulls of bashan have hemmed me in
like lions they open their jaws against me
roaring and tearing into their prey
my life is poured out like water
and all my bones are out of joint
my heart is like wax
melting within me
my strength has dried up like sunbaked clay
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth
you have laid me in the dust and left me for dead
my enemies surround me like a pack of dogs
an evil gang closes in on me
they have pierced my hands and feet
I can count all my bones
my enemies stare at me and gloat
they divide my garments among themselves
and throw dice for my clothing
O Lord do not stay far away
you are my strength come quickly to my aid
save me from the sword
spare my precious life from these dogs
snatch me from the lion’s jaws
and from the horns of these wild oxen
I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters
I will praise you among your assembled people
praise the Lord all you who fear HIm
honor Him all you descendants of jacob
show Him reverence all you descendants of israel
for He has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy
He has not turned His back on them
but has listened to their cries for help
I will praise you in the great assembly
I will fulfil my vows in the presence of those who worship you
the poor will eat and be satisfied
all who seek the Lord will praise Him
their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy
the whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to Him
all the families of the nations will bow down before HIm
for royal power belongs to the Lord
He rules all the nations
let the rich of the earth feast and worship
bow before Him all who are mortal
all whose lives will end as dust
our children will also serve Him
future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord
His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born
they will hear about everything He has done
we cannot read this first verse without recalling Jesus’ immortal words on the cross eli eli lamech sabach thani which in Aramaic translates to my God my God why have you forsaken me?
God could never separate Himself from the experience of death on the cross.
His father self was able in some measure that blows our minds to turn His back on His son self cos He couldn’t stand the sight of sin.
Jesus can connect with your abandonment in the sense that He knows what it’s like to have your father not be able to look at you to be full of revulsion at the sight of you even though he doesn’t love you one bit less than before you did something abominable or embarrassed yourself by not performing according to his standard of excellence.
it can get frustrating waiting on a particular answer from God and experiencing delay in the arrival of that answer.
sometimes God allows us to endure pain to teach us a lesson about trust.
if everything always went right in our lives we would be completely reliant on ourselves and get swelled heads.
our faith is proven by fire.
God always answers our prayers just not always in the way we expect.
sometimes we think He can’t hear us when really He is speaking to us we just fail to recognize His voice.
example when a little kid is about to steal momma’s cookies He might tell them don’t touch the cookies.
but we superimpose God’s will on HIs own and say Lord you love me and you want me to have good things don’t you so you must want me to have these cookies
thank you Lord for blessing me with these cookies then we greedily gobble them up
see we did something blasphemous then even as we did something good in thanking the Lord for His provision.
as we know one right doesn’t cancel out a wrong.
if our gratitude comes from a place of a bad spirit then it is polluted by the deed we associate with it.
God wants us to have good things but He also wants us to be obedient to our parents.
this is how we develop discernment of spirits.
we know God would never tell us to do something that is evil or condone that kind of behaviour.
the only time He approves of disobedience is when the laws of the land or the rules of our parents are contrary to the will of God then we have a right and an obligation to rebel against the rules and follow God’s path even if it costs us our lives.
it’s funny to think that God sits on our praises like a throne.
that’s a beautiful mental picture.
not all of our ancestors trusted in God but all those with any kind of braincells in their heads did.
it’s impossible to live our lives without bringing some kind of disgrace upon ourselves but we can minimize the amount if we spend the majority of our life trusting God completely.
we all have times when we hate on ourselves and feel like the whole world is against us.
the Lord’s willingness to get us out of a difficult situation has nothing to do with the unchangeable fact of His love for us.
we know that God has provided a way of escape from all temptations and forms of torture even if its just the promise of a brighter tomorrow beyond the stars.
God allowing some Christians to be persecuted without striking muslim terrorists and hindu extremists and vicious minded Buddhists with lightning bolts has nothing to do with His love for us but is a reflection of HIs willingness to deepen our connection with HIm.
we may not see God permitting us to be born as a miracle until we have experienced the grief of a mother who has suffered a miscarriage or seen her child born without a beating heart or only live for a few days cos it didn’t have the organs necessary or the prerequisite functionality to survive in this world.
in a sense God is God even before our birth but as we grow older we become more aware of His existence.
God belongs to us in the best possible sense when we choose to accept Him in our hearts.
then He becomes father not just creator.
it is not correct to say that we are converted to Christ from birth.
this only happens when we are conscious of what we are getting ourselves into and choose to accept Jesus in our hearts for ourselves.
yes a parent can train up a child in the way they should go so when they are old t hey won’t depart from it but no matter how many Christian principles a parent may teach a child it’s not enough to know about God we have to know HIm personally in order to belong to Him.
reading Michael Jordan’s rebound may have made me an expert on Michael Jordan but it doesn’t make me a member of his family anymore than it does my homie who grew up in north Carolina who has far more rights than I do to claim kinship with him.
it is not enough to grow up in a culture of knowing about God.
that’s not what makes us Christians although our environment certainly helps as a contributing factor towards our faith.
what makes us Christians is completely surrendering our lives to Jesus loving the things He loves and hating the activities and proclivities He hates ( never the people who participate in such abominable practices that makes His stomach hurl).
when we feel like no one can help us remember God can always help us.
imagine how scary it would be to be surrounded by bulls on all sides.
when terror strikes at your heart remember you can always count on God to rescue you.
when david talks of a life being poured out like later it brings to instant recollection how Jesus’ blood was poured out for us and how He is the living waters of life eternal.
when we drink from HIm when we taste and see His goodness we will never be thirsty for any other source of inspiration.
He must become our deepest longing our primary source of fulfilment.
any pleasure we find in any other area of life must pale in comparison to the sheer exuberance found in being close to His heart.
any joy we find in other people should only serve to remind us of how wonderful He is for it is only His influence that is making people treat us right and show us honour and respect.
we may lie to ourselves that God has forgotten us and left us to suffer but it’s never true cos we can always reach out to Him. He is always capable of rescuing us.
verse 16 reminds us of the nails driven into Jesus for the sake of His love for us.
imagine both the agonizing pain He was forced to endure and how deep a passion He feels for us that He would consider clinging to His life less important than sacrificing it for the sake of one who called Him stranger or hated enemy.
none of us can be apathetic about Jesus if we are honest with ourselves.
we either love Him or hate HIm.
when you sin you prove that you hate God and when you obey God you prove that you love Him .
its just like your girlfriend if you only say you love her and never show it by your actions your I love yous mean nothing and are practically worthless.
a wild ox has no discipline.
this was the mindset of those jews who called out gazing at the bloodied body of Jesus after He had been scourged- let His blood be on our heads and the heads of our children.
we know now unlike luther that a curse will not alight without cause.
the jews were cursing themselves but that curse would not take effect unless they lived a life of disobedience to Yeshua Meshiach.
even this act of surrendering their saviour to the cross did not break God’s covenant with them o change their status as His chosen people, it just enabled the rest of us to be adopted into His family of purest perfect agape love.
God’s heart breaks when He sees the poor suffering.
some people with twisted minds will talk about God being capricious and mocking us when things don’t go according to our plans but that is never HIs nature.
He is always kind and loving even in His discipline and anger.
God has promised provision to the poor.
that doesn’t mean those poor souls that are starving from hunger lack the faith to believe that God can provide for them.
God doesn’t need us to be kind and generous to people He can drop down quail and manna from heaven but He uses us to be HIs hands and feet more often than not so oftentimes the reason why someone doesn’t get their prayers answered the way they want when they want their hunger to be satisfied and they are in most desperate need is because those who God wishes to bless through the act of being a blessing to them have hardened their hearts and decided they would prefer to keep their food to themselves rather than sharing it little knowing they just missed a chance to share their snack with Jesus . 🙂
I pray for every human soul to nurture and develop a relationship with Jesus and invite Him to sit on the throne of their hearts and take over and transform their lives forever.
I pray we will see the fulfilment of leadership and governance of this earth being handed over to Jehovah in our lifetime.
obviously we know it hasn’t happened yet.
God makes everything beautiful in His time.
we patiently await His restoration to the throne of rulership of this planet even though it’s frustrating cos we see how earthly leaders mess it up when they don’t stick an ear towards heaven and wait for God’s guidance before making a decision that will affect the future of their country.
if you are mortal you are commanded by God to worship Him.
seeing as none of us are even half god none of us has an excuse not to worship HIm.
the next time you are tempted to delude yourself into thinking you’re god try to get yourself out of a crisis using things made by yourself. I guarantee you won’t be able to do it. deliverance from evil and trouble is only possible with God’s divine assistance.
firstly I hope I have kids.
if I do I would definitely want them to be completely devoted to Jesus.
I wouldn’t care what kind of success they have in this world only that their future was safeguarded beyond it which to me is the ultimate definition of success.
I wouldn’t care who their spouse was as long as they are both over eighteen and love Jesus.
we are living in a world of biblically illiterate youngsters.
this is the fault of their parents not taking the time to raise them right and teach them the bible from cover to cover.
we can say t his is the responsibility of pastors in churches which is true but it is also the responsibility of parents to reinforce t he teaching their children get in the church and lets be honest how many times have you heard a pastor give a sermon on every single book in the bible even in the course of two years which is slightly less than the time it takes to do a weeks worth of sermons on each one?
some of us are better at the rhema than we are at the logos.
we are better at the testimony of what God has done in our lives rather than sharing why we believe what we believe yet both are equal in importance for we are saved by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. we are saved by the life giving word of God nourishing us and making sure we are not those seeds that get choked by weeds cos we don’t turn to HIs word for a solution in a time of crisis.
in the physical sense it may take God time to arrive with assistance for us but in the spiritual sense help is only a prayer away cos He provides strength beyond ourselves, He provides meekness or self control He provides the ability to endure horrible situations where we are full of frustration and perspiration and wonder when our relief will ever arrive. yes He is there in that moment. He is king in that instant . He is sheltering us and assisting us . He knows what we need before we even ask of it. before we cry out for help His angels are already rushing on their way to our side.
He provides comfort and protection for us round the clock.
He is the one who sustains our lives and remains with us even when walls of distance are put up between us and friends or family members through opinions or circumstances that may be beyond our control or otherwise inclined.
remember He is a God who heals and restores.
don’t think that your situation is ever too impossible for Him to rescue or too insignificant for Him to care about. Yes He does have a lot on His plate but He’s always got time to hear your complaints and pay attention to your recitation of the infinite list of thank you notes we all owe Him for every breath and heartbeat. ❤