Monday, April 29, 2019 | Pastor Kevin
This psalm is filled with beautiful prophecy of the coming Messiah, Jesus. David's first question is, "my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Jesus would eventually repeat those words on the cross. Later, David talks about his enemies piercing his hands and feet and casting lots for his clothes so they can divide it among themselves. Jesus' hands and feet would be pierced by the nails that held Him on the cross, and His clothes would be divided among the centurions by the casting of lots. God inspired David to write these words; therefore, it makes perfect sense that they prophesy of the coming Messiah, though I doubt David had any thoughts of Jesus. He was dealing with his own struggles at the time. He, once again, seems to be in the depths of despair until he suddenly remembers the Lord's goodness and grace and gives Him praise for what He will do. We, like David, do not always know why something is happening as it is, but God has a perfect plan that is unfolding right before our eyes. Understanding the "why" in our life is secondary to always remembering the "Who." When I know without a doubt that God is in the middle of what I am going through, then it suddenly becomes tolerable and surprisingly enjoyable. Questioning God in those moments can eventually lead us to praise Him later even when we never understand why it happened as it did.
Help me, Lord, to walk by faith through the fun and difficult times. Help me to stop focusing so much on the "why" of my struggles and to start focusing on the "Who," because You are at work through my victories and my defeats.