March 10 | Palm 22:23-24
“You who fear the Lord, praise him! All the offspring of Jacob glorifying him and stand in awe of him, all the offspring of Israel. For he has not despised and not abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, nor has he hid them from his face, but he has heard his cry for help.” (Psalm 22:23–24)
There used to be a commercial on TV for Verizon where the Verizon employee continually asked, “Can you hear me now?” When he got a response from the customer, he would say, “Good.” It was one of the most annoying commercials in the world, but everyone started mimicking it.
Jesus hung on the cross for six hours. When the sky became pitch black at noon, many scholars believe God abandoned Jesus. But that’s not what happened. Jesus opens with his reference to Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
But toward the end of the Psalm, the psalmist expresses trust in God that he doesn’t hide his face or ignore cries for help. God never abandons you or stops listening to your prayers. Every time you cry out to him, like Jesus, he here is you. But for Jesus, suffering must happen for God’s plan to save you.
Jesus wasn’t expressing the feeling of God’s abandonment. He was praising God in the midst of his pain and suffering. God’s plan to save you was working perfectly through him.
Action Step: When you experience suffering and trials today, cry out to Jesus. He hears you every time. You can come before his throne confidently because you are a child of God.
Lord Jesus, I come before the throne today. You know my suffering and trials. You know what I’m dealing with today. I ask for your presence with me and your strength. Walk with me through the pain to the other side.