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Forsaken to Delight

March 22: Forsaken to Delight
Psalm 22:1–13

“My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you far from helping me, far from the words of my groaning?” (Psa. 22:1).
These are some of the darkest words in Scripture. It’s almost painful to speak them, to imagine a feeling of complete abandonment by God. These are also the words we hear Jesus say when He is hanging from the cross (Matt. 27:46). When He utters them, He makes Himself one with this ultimate sufferer, this true lamenter, in Psa. 22. He is essentially saying, “I am He: the one who has suffered the most for God’s cause and thus knows what it means to be human.”
The plea in this psalm becomes even sadder, but then it is followed by a surprising affirmation of complete faithfulness in God: “O my God, I call by day and you do not answer, and by night but I have no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel” (Psa. 22:2–3). The very nature of crying out to God, even in a time of feeling like He has completely aban…

Morning and Evening : Daily Readings

Morning, March 22      Go To Evening Reading

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed.” 
         — Matthew 26:39

There are several instructive features in our Saviour’s prayer in his hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from his three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in the Church, will not suffice, these are very precious, but the best beaten spice will smoke in your censer in your private devotions, where no ear hears but God’s.

It was humble prayer. Luke says he knelt, but another evangelist says he “fell on his face.” Where, then, must be THY place, thou humble servant of the great Master? What dust and ashes should cover thy head! Humility gives us good foot-hold in prayer. There is no hope of prevalence with God unless we abase ourselves that he may exalt us in due time.

It was filial prayer. “Abba, Father.” You will find it a stronghold in the day o…