Scripture

Psalm 22:1-11

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

   Why are you so far from saving me,
   so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
   by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
   you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
   they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
   in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
   scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
   they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
   “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
   since he delights in him.”

9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
   you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
   from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
   for trouble is near
   and there is no one to help.


1 John 4:12

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Reflection

Embracing the questions of faith is an important step in encountering the mystery of a God who is always drawing us further and further into the deep end of faith.

In embracing the questions of faith, we will find that one of the most pressing of these questions is, “Where is God?” This question often emerges from the inevitable trials and losses that come our way in life. The question boils down to the issue of God’s presence: is God with us through the highs and lows of this journey of faith? If we decide we will swim out into the deep end, will we find God waiting there?

In Psalm 22, the psalmist expresses his sense that in the midst of one of his most trying seasons of life it seemed as if God was not present. He feels that God has forsaken him (Psalm 22:1) and that even his prayers, his cries to God, go unanswered (Psalm 22:2). The psalmist describes the mockery he endures from people that point out that the God he trusted in did not show up when the psalmist most needed God (Psalm 22:7-8). The psalmist is describing this experience of wondering, “Where is God?”

Psalm 22 was the Psalm that Jesus prayed on the cross. Jesus, out of His love for us, took on this God-forsakenness, this sense of God’s absence, and He lived out the question of “Where are you God?” in those dark, silent moments on the cross. Yet in loving us in this way, God was mysteriously present. That means that where love is, God is present there. (Read 1 John 4:12 once more.)

In The Deep End, Pastor David expresses it in this way, “What I have grown to understand is that we find God when we express and experience love.”

What might this experience look like in your life today - that God will show up when you receive love from others or when you show love to others?

Prayer

Holy God, thank you for your grace. Please help me move beyond the hurdles that trip me up and give me more faith in you and more assurance in your love for me. Amen.