The reading for today is Psalm 22, KJV, select verses.
1) "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?"
16) "For dogs have encompassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet."
18) "They part my garments and cast lots upon my vesture."
19) "But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me."
21) "Save me from the lion's mouth..."
22) "I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation, I will praise thee.
25) "My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26) The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever. 27) All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
31) "They shall come and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this."
Right from the first line of the lamentation portion of the Psalm, we find the familiar "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" The words of Jesus on the cross. Sorrowful. Hopeless. The familiarity continues, in the piercing of the hands and feet and casting of lots for Jesus's clothing. Messianic prophecy foretelling of what Jesus would have to go through.
In the second portion of the psalm, the prayer portion, David asks God to help him, to deliver his soul from the sword and save him from the evil around him.
The third portion of the psalm shows the worship that David will give the Lord, when God does indeed bring him out of the darkness and
into the light. David promises he will tell everyone how good God is, and all the nations will worship him
The entire psalm is a long one, but it seems to me this psalm is a journey that many of us have taken. We reach a point of utter despair and hopelessness. We feel broken. We feel alone. We cry, and we pray. And we pray more, and we hope our prayers are heard and answered. And then, we are blessed with the grace of God that puts some peace in our hearts, and we praise God. We are grateful.
We share our stories with others, and we praise God even more. Sometimes that journey is a long one. Sometimes it is short. But as Christians we know deep in our souls we are not alone. We are never alone. Christ died so he could prepare a place for us in the kingdom of hope, of light, of love. "I am with you always."
Heavenly Father, when we feel hopeless, come to comfort us. Let us feel loved and cared for. Take us out of our darkness, and into your
light. May your love enfold us, and your strength uphold us. Amen.
Prayer Concern: Those who feel alone and hopeless.