Monday – August 21, 2023

Isaiah 7-10; Psalm 22; Matthew 26

”My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”   These are the words David cried out to God in Psalm 22.  Sound familiar?  They were same words spoken by Jesus on the cross, many many years later. (Matthew 27:46)

How could David and Jesus doubt?  The Life Application Bible explains it this way: “It was not a cry of doubt, but an urgent appeal of God.”

We aren’t sure of what David was facing at the time he wrote this Psalm, but we are certain of what Jesus was facing.  Both great men of God with a purpose, facing things we expect only those not in God’s favor would face.

David’s words mirror the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. David speaks of feeling exposed, and of his enemy drawing lots for his garments.

It is in this moment when David praises God’s name in front of his enemies, and his friends.  Just as Jesus would, David knew that this feeling was temporary.  He wanted it to end quickly,  because he knew what was waiting for him.

it is possible to live in the moment, good or bad,  and still believe in what is to be.   Praising God in times of trouble is the greatest act of faith.

I pray today, that I live my praise out loud!