Hope Even In Trials

Psalm 22 was probably written while David was being trapped by Saul and his men in the wilderness. The beginning of this psalm describes how David feels as he goes through tremendous emotional and physical difficulty and the first verse is quoted by Jesus on the Cross.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
So far from my cries of anguish?

There is evidences found in this psalm that suggest more than only immediate implications. As stated, many of the words used also describe the emotional and physical agony that our Lord went through at the crucifixion. This psalm calls all to the Lord in fulfilling His plan by spreading the gospel message through each generation.

There are times when life seems impossible to get through but then all of a sudden, something changes. God has a way of setting up events to benefit those who continue to seek Him. In this case, the event in history is Israel being invaded and Saul having to divert his attention away from his search for David.

Therefore, the ending of this psalm is more positive with David gaining confidence and giving praise to God. The lesson for us is to hang in there and keep going because God will set up events for our benefit.

Lord, this day help us when facing trials to have hope even in trials. Through difficulties, our faith can start building momentum for a brighter future. As we keep stepping ahead, let there be new growth as hope and joy wraps the gift of eternal blessings. Amen.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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