My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?—Psalm 22:1
These words of King David describe a moment of great desperation. And I'm glad that David wrote them, primarily because every man has a moment he experiences this depth of despair. It's a moment so overwhelming we only know to cry out for God for rescue. And while at this moment it feels like God is "distant," He is not.
Even more compelling, hundreds of years into the future, we discover that Jesus cried these same words from the Cross in his final breaths. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? There is part of this cry from the Cross, which confirms Christ's awareness of how King David felt and connection to human despair. But we should never question Jesus' faith through the despair. While Jesus cried words of rescue, He was simultaneously the Rescuer. As Jesus cried words of saving, He was still the Savior. This recital by Jesus validates his human connection with our pain, and his willingness to endure for our despair.
REMEMBER THIS: Jesus connects with your despair and rescues men.
DO THIS: Cry out to Him.
PRAY THIS: God, rescue me today.