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May 2, 2022

Psalms 22:11 —  Lord, Be not far from me

Psalms today demonstrates our complete reliance on God when times are hard, in this case it was when Christ was on the cross, there was no help from the masses; there are times in our own lives where we find ourselves in the same level of despair:

Psa 22:11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.

The verse is saying, Lord stay close to me, because I am under siege and You, Lord are the only one who can help me, no one else is! 

If we have ever found ourselves in similar circumstances, maybe not being hung up on a cross, like our Dear Savior, but found ourselves in a helpless situation; a sick relative, a car accident, a natural disaster…we also appeal to God, just as both Christ and David did…it is times like these where we are closest to God; when we are enjoying a carefree life that is full of God’s blessings, God tends to be an afterthought, but boy – when times get tough, that is when we are closest to God.  Us sheep may tend to wander, but our Shepherd is always there.  

April 29, 2022

Psalms 21:9-11 – Christ’s Appeal To The Father

Continuing on in Christ’s final moments as foretold in the Psalms, Jesus makes a final appeal to God to save Him from this pain, anguish and humiliation.  Keeping in mind here that Christ was going through a more painful event than any of us could ever imagine, crucifixion was possibly the most inhumane form of punishment, without getting to gory, it should also be pointed out that Christ hung for hours, this isn’t like today’s one and done executions with an electric chair or lethal injection of even a firing squad.  This was a long at torturous process that took a full six hours, being mounted on a cross…by nails… while at the same time, being pulled down by your own body weight…unimaginable suffering.  So while we paint a rather grotesque, but important backdrop here, let’s now see what Christ says in the Psalms:

Psa 22:9  Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.

Psa 22:10  Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb.

Psa 22:11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.

Christ’s appeal to God the Father is, Lord you sent me into this world, literally…remembering the virgin birth from the Holy Spirit, please help me.  No one else is helping me…a truly sad state of affairs that our Savior had to undergo to pay our debts.  The masses were wooed by His works and miracles but want nothing to do with Him now.  Remember when He fed the masses with just a couple of fish and a few loafs of bread?  Those same people who once adored Him have now jumped on the anti-Jesus bandwagon or turned a blind eye to His sufferings, since Christ can’t get any help from His fair-weather friends, He calls on God to help Him, because humans will not.  

As a side note, not much has changed with human condition, when there is something in it for us, everyone wants to know you, but when you can’t directly benefit someone, you can often feel as along as Christ did in His final moments.  We humans are a fickle and flaky people…full of sin, especially compared to Christ, who became our sin and died for us so that we could live.  

April 28, 2022

Psalms 22 Verses 7 & 8 – Christ In The Psalms

More incredibly accurate prophecies in the Messianic Psalms today, so far these have been prophecies about what Jesus has said and was feeling, like yesterday we covered the despair and loneliness Christ felt when He was being mocked just before He died on the cross.

Today’s Psalms show us what the mockers were actually saying, again – remarkable seeing how this Psalm was written by David back in 1000 BC, that’s one thousand years before any of it happened; here are David’s words:

Psa 22:7  All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

Psa 22:8  “Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

Now when we look at that through the lens of what actually happened at Calgary, it is 100% accurate.  Fastfowarding now 1000 years later to 33 AD, the year that Christ was crucified and this is what the New Testament’s eye witness account of Matthew gives us:

Matthew 27 v39 — And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads

And then five verses later the haters are quoted in verse 43  “HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”

the Bible once again proves itself with more accuracy that any time machine can ever give us, David, through the Holy Spirit, because all scripture is inspired by The Holy Spirit, David is given the ability to prophecy an event with profound accuracy that wouldn’t happen for over one thousand years!  

That would be like us foretelling about the assassination of a world leader in 3022!  That is the level of accuracy we are dealing with here, but we could never do that, only God could do something that astounding.  

Speaking of God, the Holy Trinity, is also broken down for us today; The Holy Spirit giving David divine wisdom to see into the future.  The Father who sent His Son into time to pay our debt, and The Son’s final moment on the cross as He was paying our debt.  

Absolutely remarkable revelation of God Himself to us today though His Word.

April 27, 2022

Psalms 22:6 – Christ’s Final Moments

Moving on through the Messianic Psalm here, we call it that, because while this Psalm was written by David in 1000 BC, it prophecizes, or predicts the future with great accuracy some of the very specific details about Christ’s crucifixion:

Psa 22:6  But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all!

This is right when Christ was mounted on the cross at Calgary.  Here Jesus is crying out to God and also pointing out that those who surrounded Him had hated him.  We remember in The Gospels that the masses, who once followed Him, have now come to insult Him.  It is so incredibly sad reading this, because Christ was dying for them; sinners.  Someone giving us the gift of life, and all the world had in response was taunts.  One can only imagine what kind of suffering that must have been like, as if being literally nailed to a cross isn’t bad enough, unimaginable pain would be an understatement, there are hordes of people that are laughing at you.  As we celebrate the holidays, or say prayer before bed and utter the words “in Jesus name”…let us not gloss over why we say His name.  This was pain and mental suffering that exceeds human comprehension, and it was done so to make us right. 

Taking us back to the Psalm, Christ says I am a worm and not a man, I am scorned and despised by all, that shows us how low the world thought of Christ at the same time.  Human compassion was minimal in Christ’s final moments other than a few watching the whole ordeal from a distance. 

 In this day and age, to crucify someone and mock them as they were dying is a punishment that would be reserved for only the worst of criminals, like a child molester or a murderer, yet this was the Prince of The Universe whom was hated by all.

Something we should be careful not to casually dismiss when we are praying.  


April 26, 2022

Psalms 22 – Messianic Psalms

Psalms 22 verses 2 through 5 cover more of the anguish that Jesus bore on the cross for us, this is considered a Messianic Psalm, because while it was written by David, it actually reveals the suffering that Christ would later suffer:

Psa 22:2  O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.

Psa 22:3  Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

This gives us a sense of the despair that Jesus felt as He was dying for us, He also appeals to God to deliver Christ like God delivered Ancient Israel from their enemies like the Phillistines or the Egyptians.  

Psa 22:4  In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them.

Psa 22:5  To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed.

Christ was also delivered when He was risen up on the 3rd day, while He had undergone unimaginable pain and suffering, Christ did not stay in the grave!  

AS these Psalms reveals the literal agony of Christ’s death, we should not miss the reason that HE died.  Christ was perfect, HE had never committed a sin, so why was He crucified? 

In those 6 dreadful hours, Christ became sin; specifically our sin – and that tortured that Jesus went through when He hung on the cross for 360 minutes straight was God pouring out His wrath on our sins…because God cannot let sin go unpunished.  If God did just turned His back on sinners and let them go on without any kind of penalty that would make God unholy, which can’t be…which is why Christ became our substituionary atonement, or literally became sin for those 6 hours, in order to balance the scales or pay the debt that our sin built up. 

The crucifixion of Jesus was made on our behalf, so that God wouldn’t have to banish us to hell for our sins; Christ became a sacrifice – The Perfect Sacrifice because God accepted Him on the 3rd day when Jesus was risen up.  So as we reflect on this intense torture that Jesus underwent, we should also remember that HE did for us.  He knew who we were before time began, and gave this way forward to redeem HIs children, us, so He wouldn’t have to punish us eternally…it is what sets us right in God’s eyes.   

April 25, 2022

Psalms 21 – King David and The Greater David; Jesus

Some evident similarities in today’s Psalms from David, and the crucifixion of Jesus, Psalms 21 is written around 1000 BC, or a thousands years before Christ.  So this is a lament, or a passionate prayer of grief and sorrow from David to God.

Psa 22:1  For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.

At first glance this seems like David has fallen on some dark days, and asking God why God has forgotten about David, but when we look at this in the context of Christ, Jesus actually 1000 years says these same exact things after He was hanging on the cross for 6 hours.  

Mat 27:46  About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”

So 2 verses, 1 by David that would be repeated again by Christ Himself 1000 years later when He bore the burden of our sins. 

Always amazing seeing God’s Word given to us 1000 years before it was actually realized!  God’s Word is absolute truth!  Something to remember in this bizarro world we live in where truth has become something relative, God’s Word is today, what it was then! 

April 22, 2022

Psalms 21:13 – Singing & Praising God’s Power

After Psalms pronounces blessings on the King and the curses on the enemies of God, Israel declares they will praise God:

Psa 21:13  Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

While Good Friday and Easter was several days ago, God’s strength is certainly displayed for the reason’s those holidays are both mourned and celebrated.  

God’s strength rose Christ up from the dead, that is some awesome power for sure!  Imagine being able to defeat death and live forever, that is beyond human comprehension, it supersedes anything that man can try and do, we have spent the last 3000 years just trying to live to 80, and it only took God 3 days to lift Christ out of the grave—  and He lives forever, therefore as the Psalms says, we will sing and praise your power, which is unfathomable to human understanding but it all happened for sure, 4 different books in the Bible written by 4 different people all tell us that Christ not only rose from the dead, the tomb was empty, but he was later seen by hundreds of people after He was crucified.  

April 21, 2022

God’s Wrath Upon His Enemies

Our Psalms paints a pretty dark picture today for enemies of God, in fact it gets really specific of those who turn their backs on God:  

Psa 21:8-12 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.  You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.  Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.  For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.

Some scary details in there without question!  The reality is there are two ways to live, in Christ and out of Christ.  Those who are in Christ receive God’s blessings, while those who walk in the darkness and sin, get God’s anger.  Christ’s death and sacrifice are what spare us from all of those nightmares that today’s Word spells out, which is definitely not a place we would want to be.  

A lot of times we can foolishly think, I’ll live my best life now, or enjoy my sin, and get right with God when I am ready…but what happens if we die tomorrow?  Then what?  We woefully act like we are all going to live to 80 years old, and maybe some of us will, but some of us might die in the next 5 years, 5 months or 5 days?   The other side of this fast life is quickly approaching and it is eternal…do we want the dark side of God’s wrath, or do we want to receive His eternal blessings that He gave us through His Son?  The answer is clear, but the way to the Father is through The Son, and we do that by making Christ the center of our lives, stop our sinful ways and putting our trust in the undeniable fact that He rose on the 3rd day for us, because He loves us.

April 20, 2022

Wednesday Devotional for April 20, 2022

Today’s Psalms continues to talk about King David who was a trustworthy servant of God, probably one of the most righteous people that we’ll read about in the Bible.  Through his ups and downs, David trusted in God and God protected David:

Psa 21:7  For the king trusts in the LORD, And through the lovingkindness of the Most High he will not be shaken.

While this series of Psalms focuses exclusively on King David’s post war victories, some parallels can also be drawn between King David and us too; when we trust in God, we will not be shaken.  

The pitfalls of the world can certainly shake us up, sickness, pandemics, natural disasters…turning on the news or doom scrolling on social media, can rattle us for sure…but as today’s Word tells us, through the lovingkindness of God, we will not be shaken.  A poignant reminder here to trust God, not the world!  

April 19, 2022

Psalms 21:6 – Victories for The King of Kings

We are covering the victory verses in Psalms 21 today, right after King David and Israel win a huge battle, and they are sings thanks and praises to God who gave them the W.  

Psa 21:6  For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.

This Psalm here actually covers 2 things here, King David being blessed with the gladness of God’s presence, since God gave David the victory and also Christ’s victory against sin when He died on the cross and was risen on 3rd day — The Psalm says, you make his most blessed forever; after the resurrection, Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, and His Kingdom will have no end.  

So 2 different meaning in today’s Psalms, King David’s victory over Israel’s enemies, and Christ’s eternal victory over our sin!  

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