March 14 – When Feeling Separation

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.” – Psalm 22:1-2 (NASB)

Can anyone read these verses – especially the first verse – without remembering these words were uttered by Jesus on the Cross. We are also pretty sure that most of us at some time in our lives, and maybe even right now, have experienced emotions similar to what David was feeling here. We have anguish that overwhelms; we cry out to God but no answer comes immediately. But of course we don’t claim to know what Jesus went through and felt when God poured out his wrath on his Son who carried all our sins with him to the cross. Even David writing these words while guided by the Holy Spirit, was not feeling what Christ felt. But he was feeling separation and deserted. Further in this psalm, we learn that David did have his head on straight. He knew God had not deserted him or turned His back on David. The last words “I have no rest” are better translated “there is no silence for me.” And for us when God seem absent or not taking up our cry, we too can’t let up continuing to worship God with what we know is true. That is what David does.