Words from the Heart for Sunday April 2nd, 2017
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
Psalm 22:1 (NKJV)
This cry of agony was written long before Jesus spoke these very words from the cross. These words speak of the horrible separation of Jesus from the Father. All of this was for us. Now, we can know we never need be separated from Him and His love. Come close today and enjoy fellowship with Him.
Last summer, one of Canada’s more prominent parks and wilderness monitoring associations, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, criticized Parks Canada for forsaking the conservation aspect of its mandate. The Executive Director of the Society told CTV’s news channel, “What we’ve seen over the last little while is a real trend, a movement from the primary legislated purpose of Parks Canada to maintain the ecological integrity and the safety of the nature within our parks to more of a tourism and experience-focused approach, which is creating all sorts of development pressures within our parks and is actually nibbling away at the very nature that these parks are intended to protect.” This may be an even greater challenge this summer, when, in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadians can enjoy our national parks for free.
When Jesus hung on the cross on that Friday we call “Good” He spoke seven times. It’s hard to imagine that He had the energy and stamina in the midst of the pain He was bearing to notice what was going on both around Him and in the heavenlies, but He did. And He spoke into both. One of the statements Jesus made are the words of Psalm 22:1, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?” These are words of the Psalmist, but they are Messianic as well. The 22nd Psalm begins with this cry of desperation. We all have times when God seems distant and we long to experience His loving presence. If you are feeling this way right now, the good news is that you can cry out to Him and know that He is listening. He already understands your pain. The deep down moanings and groanings of your broken heart are prayers in themselves. Taken in isolation, this verse sounds desperate and lonely. But the Psalmist goes on in this Psalm to recognize that God is enthroned as the Holy One and when the ancient people of Israel cried out to God, they were saved. So will you be. In the midst of your most troubling times, when you call out to God because you feel forsaken, remember that you are not. God is with you.
These have been words from the heart.