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January 2, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Genesis 4-7
Audio: Genesis 4-7

Psalm 22 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Psalm 22:1a)

    Anguish and Praise

    Today's psalm reveals David's struggle with unanswered prayer. As he shifts from lament to thanksgiving, we can empathize with him as someone who may feel at times forsaken by God only to realize God is there and has been all along.

    This psalm was labeled in the early church as "the fifth gospel" as the "New Testament contains 15 messianic quotations of or allusions to this psalm" (MacArthur Study Bible). This psalm, like Psalm 69, "expresses the suffering of Christ, the Son of David, dying at the hands of wicked men" (Reformation Study Bible).

    When Jesus was on the cross of Calvary and cried out to God in anguish in Matthew 27:46, he quoted David saying, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" As David experienced abandonment by God for a time, our Lord was also forsaken by God as he bore the sins of the world on His body.

    When David writes, "For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me;
    they have pierced my hands and feet—17 I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me;18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots" (Psalm 22:16-18), this predicts the crucifixion of Christ as all four gospels reference dividing Jesus' garments and casting lots for them.

    As with all affliction and sense of abandonment, it is temporary for those who are in Christ. It is but for a season in time, according to the purposes of the will of our sovereign God.

    Have you ever experienced a sense of abandonment by God?

    Oh how joyous it is when God breaks through and we experience closeness again!

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Prepare Me To Seek You" by Robert Parker

    "O Lord, teach me to pray, that I may call upon your name. Prepare my heart to seek, and open your ears mercifully to hear me.

    Almighty and eternal Lord God, you are the Creator and Continual Preserver of all things, both in heaven and earth.

    So here in your presence, Lord, I confess my own unworthiness to come before you, to call upon you, or to perform the least duty that will concern your worship and glory.

    Pardon and forgive all the sins, iniquities, and trespasses I have ever committed against you, in what I have said or what I have done. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
        Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
    O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
        and by night, but I find no rest."

    As I began reading this psalm, I was grateful to God for the timing of it. What David was experiencing is exactly what I have been feeling in waves over the last few days. Even when I see God providing and blessing me, and I rejoice and praise Him in those mountaintop experiences, before long I am sinking again as if in quicksand. There is a deep and growing hopelessness about the way my days are wasted, having been given keen awareness of the vain nature that makes up most of what I spend my days pursuing.

    I see no end in sight, no hope of anything changing before my life here is over. I am weary. I am depressed by the state of this world, but also by the state of the church. My growing hopelessness makes the hope of heaven so much sweeter, and I find myself longing for heaven, longing for deliverance, longing to be set free — from what, I don’t know.

    So how beautiful that by the end of the psalm, I see David's focus change from one of his own suffering in the present to one of a hope-filled look to the future, of a day when every knee will bow before God and He will be finally be exalted, glorified, and worshiped among the nations. A day when all will know of Jesus and seek Him. A day when His righteousness will be proclaimed.  

    And how perfect that this is a messianic psalm, as Scott has shared and taught on above. The focus on self turns into a focus on Jesus, and reminds me that no one suffered more than the Son of God. No one was more acutely aware of the sinfulness of man.  

    This morning, then, I need to remember this: 

    "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

    "Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

    "'My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
    For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.'

    "It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?" Hebrews 12:1-7

    I pray that instead of growing weary I will be joyful in hope, and will endure this season of discipline for God's glory.

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