The passage for today is Psalm 22. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Psalm 22 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
David is writing of his great suffering and low stature. He calls himself a worm, despised by men. He says that he is mocked, insulted, in trouble, and surrounded. Then he describes himself as being poured out and dried up, to the point of death. Then he asks the Lord for deliverance! He will praise God, his deliverer, and begins to encourage others to praise God for delivering him. All the nations of the earth will praise God because of this deliverance and rescue.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We know that David suffered greatly and was delivered in his life, but so many verses of this chapter are quoted in the gospels when describing the fate of Jesus during his crucifixion. We know that God allowed His Son to suffer for us, but like David, Jesus was delivered from the pain of death and raised to life. And now all people praise and honor God because He has done it: he has raised Jesus from the dead.
Like David, and like Jesus, we must come honestly face to face with what is going on in our lives. We need to avoid trying to portray an image of having it all together. This fallen world we live in can tear us down, can surround us with evil things, but we must cry out to God and seek Him for deliverance. Only God can overcome the evil of this world through the Holy Spirit living in us.
So pay attention to what is happening in your life, where are you experiencing difficulty or defeat? When you are, pray to God; better yet, call out to God, cry out to Him for deliverance. Pour out your heart as David did, and as Jesus did on the cross. God can deliver you. Then speak out the praises of your deliverer. Tell those in the body of Christ of the faithfulness and power of their God. Share with those who don’t know God why you have this hope in a loving, caring Father. Cry out, be delivered, share the goodness of our God!
Father God, show me my brokenness. Reveal to me the reality of the world around me and let me see my need for deliverance. Keep me from blindness, open my eyes to see what entangles me. Then God, deliver me from my captors, whether they be people, things, or something unseen. Deliver me, Holy Spirit, by transforming my mind – help me to set my mind on things above and not on things of this earth. Let me experience freedom from this world and those things which weigh me down, and let me rejoice in you alone, God! You are the theme of my praise. I will fulfill my vows to follow you before the congregation. May your redemption spread to all who need you and may I be a part of that gospel mission. I pray this in the name of Jesus, who was delivered and know that you are faithful to deliver me, Amen.