Week 1, Day 4: What Lament Sounds Like

Cries in the Night


“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.”
Psalm 22:1-5

If you are redeemed by Jesus, you will never be forsaken.

It is 3pm in Jerusalem, but the sky is pitch black.

“My God, my God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

This is the agonizing cry of Christ beneath a supernaturally darkened sky. God the Father is pouring out his unfiltered wrath upon the second person of the Godhead — his own dear Son. Jesus suffers — utterly abandoned on a cruel Roman cross — under the thick veil of divine darkness. It is an anguish beyond all measure.

Have you ever felt utterly alone, forsaken, and abandoned? When King David first penned these words in Psalm 22, we can only imagine what trial the king had just experienced that caused him to cry out in such sorrow. The psalmist and our Lord both show that God is not blind to the kinds of pain we may experience in this life.

But the examples of our Lord and of King David in Psalm 22 don’t end in gloom. As early as Psalm 22:3, the psalmist rehearses who God is. He is holy and trustworthy, and in verse 4, he is the deliverer!

In a few short hours, Jesus went from crying in lament to shouting out in faith, “Into thy hands, I commit my Spirit!” In his darkest hour, he affirmed his trust in God; and three days later, God raised him from the dead!

Because of that day, if you have become a child of God through Jesus, you will never, ever be forsaken. No matter how dark life becomes, you can trust God and his character. His promise stands firm “…I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5b).


Prayer

Lord, when I feel abandoned and alone, remind me of your character as you did King David and your Son, Jesus. Help me to trust you always!


Memory Verse:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1