Were you there?
Psalms 22 written by David is a picture of Christ Day – Good Friday.
For the director of music. To [the tune of] “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. 4 In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: 8 “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast. 10 From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. 12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. 19 But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. 20 Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 22 I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. 23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. 25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows. 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him– may your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. 29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him– those who cannot keep themselves alive. 30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. 31 They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn– for he has done it.
Big live drama written within a few lines of Psalm 22. The last few lines, ” future generations will be told about The Lord and they will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn….” If I were to face truth in these lines would my plans still be the same today? It seems almost like an aggravation to deal with Good Friday and Easter….I have a lot of frustration I would like to express about this season. I don’t believe it is considered a holiday and that’s good in my thinking.
A friend of mine posted this on a page this am to remind us of Good Friday…”Your beliefs don’t make you a better person your behavior does.”
Sara, your friend’s statement is a good measuring stick for a reality check in our lives.
– Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant on speaking about The God who weeps writes, “PAUL INTRODUCES US to a God who groans. We are tempted to think God is far away, aloof, distant. … [But] Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God, gives us a different picture. Jesus’ weeping with Mary and Martha as they grieve reminds us that God weeps too. When Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” he reminds us that God enters into our pain and our forsakenness. Even beyond crucifixion, in his resurrection body in heaven, Jesus bears the scars. We worship a God who grieves, who weeps, who groans with us and all humanity.”
What an unbelievable thought!
“Were You There?” We sang some of this hymn tonight, at my church. Read with me, the lyrics.
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when He rose up from the dead?”
Chorus: “O! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble!”
“O! Sometimes I feel like shouting glory, glory, glory!”
Yes! YES-hua “weeps with us and all humanity”. And we are the the “people yet unborn” that Daveid wrote about by the Holy Spirit in Ps. 22 and then fulfilled in the Gospel of John in Chapter 17:20 when He prayed for “all who are ever to come to believe and trust in Me through the Word preached by [and handed down through the ages] the apostles,” teachers preachers and prophets and evangelists of the True Body of Christ.
And thank God He ever lives to make intercession for us.
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