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The Answer is Holiness

Lonely. Alone. All by myself. Down and out. Forsaken.

No matter what you call it, it doesn’t feel so nice. David cried out in anguish in Psalm 22–the very same words Jesus echoed on the cross…

My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?

You’re in the middle of a thorny landscape. You have trouble seeing hope. David goes on to say,

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

I’ve heard some teaching on this and name David uses for God here is a generic one instead of His proper name, Yahweh. Why would this man who knew and worshipped God intimately not call on His revealed name?

David was saying, “God, I thought I knew you, but you’ve left me here all alone. What is going on here?”

He felt betrayed. Everything was upside down and he was drowning, being caught in the undertow and dragged out to sea. You have probably felt the same. You questioned where He would go at such a hard time. Why would He leave you now of all times and in this place?

No matter how bad our lives may seem, we are not hanging on a cross for crimes we didn’t commit, paying for sins we had no part of. If anyone deserved to be angry with God, it was Jesus. Is that why He used the first part of Psalm 22 as He hung there?

No, I don’t believe so because we don’t have very far to go before we see the turnaround.

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

The answer to our feelings of betrayal. The understanding of what is impossible to understand is yet You are holy. That is the turnaround. His otherness. His completely unlike anything else-ness. It’s the answer for us as we struggle with circumstances and situations. It’s peace in our overwhelming loneliness.

Jesus called our attention to this Psalm (I believe) because He was pointing back to the holiness of the Father.

“You see the shame of the cross. You see the desolation and ugliness. You see the unmitigated horror, but ultimately I want you to know His holiness. This is what He’s willing and I’m willing to do so you can see it.”

That changes everything. That is the ultimate answer to life’s questions and hardships.

 Lord, You are holy
No matter what I face, You express Your incredible glory
I choose to look past the darkness and acknowledge You
May my life point others to that brightness…

 

10 Comments

  1. Praise God, our EVERYTHING!
    TC Avey recently posted..My Dad…You Really Should Meet Him!My Profile

    • Yes and amen. Thanks TC.

  2. I agree with your interpretation of the words Christ spoke. We all have our tough times and if we belong to God they all have a purpose. While David struggled, it was that struggling that God allowed that ultimately made him the man that he would become.

    Tough times serve a purpose and while we make mistakes, God doesn’t, He redeems them…
    floyd recently posted..HOT HEADED AND RECKLESSMy Profile

    • I think sometimes people think faith is just ‘deny, deny, deny’ but God isn’t afraid real emotion (He invented it after all). It’s always about where you land though. You’re so right, God uses it all for His glory and weaves a brilliant redemption story out of our lives. Thanks so much, Floyd.

  3. Boy can I relate to what David cried out. No matter what he started with, he always pointed back to an attribute of God that is beyond our comprehension. We don’t have to understand everything that He is; we just have to be willing to keep step out in faith to agree with all that He is. That can be and usually is the hardest part of this journey, stepping beyond what we are able to undestand to gain what we never could. He never leaves us, but He does step beyond us beckoning us to take that next step out to Him. As much as I hate the scarey and the unknown, I know how necessary it is to my walk in perfecting my salvation in Him. Thank you for a great reminder.
    Philip recently posted..Just a Little HonestyMy Profile

    • Amen to all that, Philip. Thank you--great thoughts.

  4. I have used similar words with God before (too many times). Thankfully, His grace leads me to Him…time and time again. Thanks Jason!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Tribute to My Father – Guest PostMy Profile

    • I definitely understand the feeling. So thankful He gives us grace and patience in the process. Thanks Jay.

  5. Praise God that He never leaves or forsakes us!
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..Who or what are you blaming?My Profile

    • No matter what it feels like, we are never alone. Thanks Kevin.