‘ My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning? ‘ – Amplified Bible
Do you ever have one of those days where you wonder if God is still with you?
Do you ever feeling like your words are simply groans?
This Psalm of David is one of the most well known alongside Psalm 23.
It is familiar through its occurrence each year in the Easter Story.
Christ’s crucifixion and words from the cross.
Psalms were to the Jewish people like popular songs of today. You sing or say one line and those around you key straight in and join you in the following verses.
As soon as Jesus speaks those words, the Jewish people around the cross would immediately intone the rest of the psalm out loud or in their heads.
How many of you have read the whole psalm?
Why not read it now.
Did you notice the familiar words of verse 8? “He trusted and committed himself to the Lord , let Him save him. Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”
Psalm 22 tells us details of the crucifixion. In saying these words aloud, Jesus is telling those about him, that could understand, that God was most definitely with him.
Even on the cross, Jesus was leading the people back to God.
It is very easy in the maelstrom of life to feel that we, at times, have been deserted by God.
We do not feel His presence and help appears to be nowhere near us.
We pray, or groan out, our difficulties and situations.
The feeling of abandonment is quick to be felt. After all it is probably our fault. We must have done something to deserve our current situation.
Did Jesus deserve to be crucified?
Jesus had committed no crime but yet he was given the worst criminal punishment it was possible to receive.
Is it easy to see why people read those words from the cross and get no further.
It makes sense. After such terrible torture and finally being nailed to a piece of wood, even Jesus must have despaired?
What gets missed in the traditional understanding of these words is that Jesus never doubted for a moment.
Jesus knew God was there with him, because he had called upon him.
Three days later, Jesus had risen from the grave!
Whatever your current situation, the feeling of separation, or feeling of abandonment is very real.
However, know that God is right there with you. He has heard your call. He listened.
God hears your prayers and he will be there to help you, even when the situation seems only to be getting worse.
If you don’t believe me then read Psalm 23: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me], I shall not want. ‘