As I reflected on Christ’s sacrifice this Easter, God brought to my mind a college memory of discovering the beauty of the Old Testament for perhaps the first time. I was in my discipleship group through campus Cru and we were discussing what Jesus said on the cross: “My God, why have you forsaken me?” My mentor brought up Psalm 22.
Now, I had never read most of the Old Testament at this point in my life. I hadn’t grown up in the Church and I didn’t know much about Scripture- but I wanted to. So our group read Psalm 22 and I was genuinely awed. Psalm 22 is Jesus’ experience leading up to and on the cross. It’s incredibly consistent with the New Testament accounts. As in, same events, details, words. Mind blowing.
I was so excited that I started to tell most people around me about Psalm 22. They seemed to not find it as mind blowing. They had already heard about the consistency of Scripture before and knew the Old Testament accounts aligned with the New Testament accounts. Now that I’ve been a Christian for about 10 years and have read Scripture all the way through, I find myself in their shoes-no longer awed by the mystery, wonder, and beauty of Scripture. But I want to be in that place again. I want to have the wisdom God has brought to me as a more “mature” Christian while still experiencing the childlike wonder of the gospel and God’s beautiful love letter to us through His word.
Will you join me today in reading Psalm 22? Will you allow yourself to be amazed by the consistency of Scripture and the wonder of the cross? Will you find yourself wondering how David must have felt witnessing these scenes and recording them for posterity? Will we cease to be wowed by God’s sacrifice and the horror of what Jesus went through on the cross for no greater reason than because He loved us?
Friend, let’s dwell on the beauty, perfection, and sacrifice of God today. Let’s allow it to permeate our thoughts throughout the day. Let’s ponder its beauty with a beautiful God.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
12 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.”