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-Psalm 22

by Request ~ February 22nd, 2016

A Psalm of David.

22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises[1] of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet[2]
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued[3] me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
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,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted[4] 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 you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.  (ESV)

Footnotes:

1.  Or dwelling in the praises

2.  Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Vulgate, Syriac; most Hebrew manuscripts like a lion [they are at] my hands and feet

3. Hebrew answered

4.  Or The meek


Our Father,

Our brothers and sisters around the world by the thousands are being sacrificed by heretical believers in your name. Those who bare the name of your Son Jesus are beheaded and their churches burned by a people who say they worship you by the name of Allah. Hundreds of thousands are homeless and their children go without food as they continue to cry for your help and yet the enemy keeps marching on and killing and maiming in your name.

Your Son from the cross cried out- “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and now the blood of thousands who are called by the name of your Son cries out from the dust. Will you not listen and may your justice be much longer in coming? The people called by the name of your Son continue to cry out and forgive. They also reach out to others and are a blessing to the poor and afflicted yet they are allowed to continue to suffer?

The perpetrators of these evil deeds claim to be cleansing the land in your name and yet they are allowed to continue? They declare that all Christians must leave Jerusalem or be killed and no one does a thing? A representative of your Son’s church in Rome signs a treaty and makes peace with some of their leaders. Yet those same leaders have declared that they will conquer and destroy the nation of Israel. A nation that you have called your ‘chosen’ people in the past. Also a nation that your prophets have declared would survive until you send your Son once again to the earth.

Rise up O Lord and fulfill your promises to your people Israel and bring blessings and revival once more to those called by the name of your Son. Let your justice rain down upon the heads of those who would destroy them. The enemy has exceeded his authority and is boasting that all the world will have to worship him by the words of an heretical book and in the name of a false prophet.

A billion people have been deceived about your true character and your name has been distorted by evil men. Rise up and bring them down and let the truth of your Son shine as a beacon of light and an ensign among them.

Let the truth about your Word and Son be preached in every nation and among every people. Let the people called by the name of your Son Jesus be saved in this life as a demonstration of your authority and power. Let the nation of Israel survive and prosper as a demonstration of your promises and Word. Let your law once more come out of Jerusalem with healing and blessing for all the peoples and nations of the world.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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