Psalm 22:19-28 (NRSV)-
19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid! 20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog! 21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. 22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; 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; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. 25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 26 The poor 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 him. 28 For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
When life throws us a curveball and seems to be spinning out of control, some of us feel abandoned and think that there is no one around to help.
As our support system disappears, it can often feel like God has abandoned us. And, being in the midst of a storm is hard. But, feeling abandoned and alone in that storm is even harder.
In Psalm 22, David voices his frustrations about not feeling God in a moment of need. He also acknowledges that even though he feels abandoned, he is not, because God is still God and God is still good.
In moments of frustration, fear, and panic, we too can cling to the truth that God’s word gives us about who God is and how much he loves us. So, the very same promises that David clings to in his time of frustration and suffering can help us hold tightly to God’s character even when we cannot see or feel it.
Today, if life has thrown us a curveball, let’s cling to the truth of God’s word, knowing that everything will be alright because of who God is.
Father God, thank you for your promises and your faithfulness. Thank you for your character and the assurance that, despite the curveballs of world, you care and provide for us. Given your assurance, character, and faithfulness, please guide us to place our trust in you and truth of your word. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!