Monday, April 2, 2012

Psalm 22

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Rien Poortvliet (Dutch artist) from He Was One of Us

David said it.
Jesus said it. 

Psalm 22 -- the gut wrenching emotion of an embattled human king with enemies attacking from the outside and plotting from the inside, pain and loss on every side, strength fading, wondering if he can take another minute of this weary life.

Mark 15:34 -- the dying gasp of the King of Kings, bound hand and foot, stripped naked and lifted for all to stare and sneer.

They said it for us...

For all of us who--at one time or another--have ever been abandoned, alone, forgotten, abused, misrepresented, mocked, ridiculed, weary, defeated.

One king--
human like us to tell the truth about our condition.

The other king--
human like us and God for us in order to change our condition. 

Read the Psalm.  The whole Psalm.  Don't give up--get to verse 22 and finish it.

As we walk the journey of the cross this week, believe that there is no loneliness or pain in our lives that He has not already endured...endured and conquered!
 And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12: 1b-3

Lament is embedded in hope.  That's how I heard it sung by the Psalm Project last Sunday night.  Listen to their voicing of this Psalm in Dutch.  Psalm Project singing Psalm 22

(Also available here in an English version--highly recommend the whole album.) Purchase Psalm Project CD here.

Psalm 22[a]
    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 my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
   by night, but I find no rest.[b]
 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
   you are the one Israel praises.[c]
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
   they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
   in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
 6 But I am a worm and not a man,
   scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
   they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the LORD,” they say,
   “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 on 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 that tear 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 within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd,
   and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
   you lay me in the dust of death.
 16 Dogs surround me,
   a pack of villains encircles me;
   they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
   people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
   and cast lots for my garment.
 19 But you, LORD, do not be far from me.
   You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
   my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
   save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
 22 I will declare your name to my people;
   in the assembly 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 scorned
   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[f] I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
   those 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,
   declaring to a people yet unborn:
   He has done it!

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