On the cross Jesus cries out, “My God, my god, why have you forsaken me?” In His anguish and pain Jesus is using the psalms as a prayer to God the Father. Most of this psalm is a song of lament – full of pain, anger, suffering. Surely on the cross Jesus felt all of these emotions. Today, as we remember what He did for us on that cross, may we too allow ourselves to feel the pain, the suffering, the loneliness.
We all have experiences that were painful. There are and will be times in our lives when we hurt physically, emotionally, and spiritually. There will be times when we cry out the same prayer, “My God, my god, why?” In these moments, know Jesus is interceding for you. IN those times and places, allow Him to come and minister to your hurts, your pains, your suffering.
Sometimes we want to remain in the hurt. Sometimes it is hard to get past it. Because He died, He was able to rise. Because He rose there is always hope. The psalm goes on. In the last third we are reminded of that hope and the promises and our call. We are called back out of our hurts to praise His name, for in the praise we connect back to God. We are called to care for others, for the poor and the afflicted, for in caring we are also connected back to God.
We are called to praise Him, to cry out to Him, to walk in the hurt with Him, to remain confident in His abiding love, to trust in Him. Our creator and sustainer is always near, always present. In the pain, suffering, and loneliness of today, remember His promises. Remember His love. The next psalm has some familiar words as well. “The Lord is my shepherd..” and “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” It too concludes with hope: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Thanks be to God for his abiding love and presence.
Scripture reference: Psalms 22 and 23