There is something to be said about rereading scripture.
That time will come when the Word emanates fresh and sparkling new and you are struck speechless by its profound and oh-so-precious thoughts once again. Struck speechless and, perhaps, a bit in awe that the words you’ve read over- and over- have been uncurled from their seemingly original form and restyled. I think of how so many things of my life are mundane and ordinary. God’s word is not like that, and thankfully so. Yesterday, I was reminded of Psalm 22, thanks to this blog post. I had such a moment of scriptural clarity that I had to look at the book I was reading to ensure that, yes, it was the Holy Bible. What book other than HIS book could ever sweep you off your feet, kindle change in your life in such an original fashion, yet stand the depths and hardships of time? WHAT OTHER BOOK?
And what other author than the AUTHOR of life himself?
I want to share what I reflected upon as I read the Psalms, having one of those beautiful “aha!” moments of insight. I am no theologian. I am merely a woman opening her heart up to God’s voice and desiring to be obedient. These past few weeks, as challenging as they’ve been, lovingly refined my heart. They continue still through this Psalm as parallels were brought to my mind between David’s words and Christ’s death on the cross. The bolded phrases I’ve written below- there are certainly more parallels within these verses, but these impacted my heart and soul. Oh, these were heart-aching moments for me, feeling God’s words in such a new and real way. I pray that perhaps He speaks to you this Easter in a way you’ve never experienced before. I believe that God loves to surprise us and bless us, and what better way to do that than through His very word?!
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.
All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
“Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”
Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
“TRULY I TELL YOU, TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.”
On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
Many bulls encircle me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion!
From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
“AND THEY CLOTHED HIM IN A PURPLE CLOAK;
AND AFTER TWISTING SOME THORNS INTO A CROWN,
THEY PUT IT ON HIM.”
I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
but heard when I cried to him.
“THEN HE SAID TO THOMAS,
“PUT YOUR FINGER HERE AND SEE MY HANDS.
REACH OUT YOUR HAND AND PUT IT IN MY SIDE.”
From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
“AND THE CURTAIN OF THE TEMPLE WAS TORN IN TWO, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.”
For dominion belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.
“BUT GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE FOR US IN THIS;
WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS,
CHRIST DIED FOR US.”
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.
“TRULY THIS MAN WAS GOD’S SON!”
May you have a Blessed Easter.