Today, we look at Psalm 22. Verse 1 of this Psalm is famously quoted by Jesus on the cross. This Psalm is all about wrestling with disappointment, despair, and neglect. It is about those times when you are at your lowest. You don’t know what to do. You don’t know how to respond. You feel as if God has abandoned you.
What does David feel has happened (22:1)? Has God really forsaken David? Is there a time in your life when you feel as if God left you?
David feels as if God has abandoned him. But God has not left David. There are times when we feel like this happens. But it is those times when God feels the furthest away, that he he is the closer to us than ever before.
What do others think about David’s God (22:6-8)?
They scoff. They don’t believe God is able to help David in his time of need.
Does David give up on trusting in God (22:9-11)?
But David does not give up on trusting God. He has trusted God his entire life and God had never let him down. When there was no one else to help, God always came through.
If you were to rate your faith vs your despair, where would you rank?
There is a constant battle between the two. There are times when despair will win out over faith and other times when faith will win out over despair. There are many times when I will hold both faith and despair together. There are times when I have despair in my heart, but will continue to take a step of faith. Faith is not the absence of despair. Faith is the ability to take that next step forward in spite of the despair.
How can times of despair actually bring us closer to God?
These are the times we seek God. In the good times we don’t always seek God. But when things are tough we get on our knees in prayer and open up the Word of God. Jesus promise then is that when we seek God we will find him.
How does verse 22 and following show David’s faith?
He is going to tell others of God’s goodness. He is going to boldly and courageously express his faith publicly. It is one thing to hold your faith privately. People will not think you are silly if God lets you down if you don’t tell anyone you are radially believing in him. But when you tell others you are putting God to the test and your faith to the test. You are stepping out on the limb.
How does disappointment better enable you to serve others?
It gives you compassion and understanding. It strengthens you. You learn and you grow. If your life never had any disappointment you would probably be insensitive, cold, and unappreciative.