Fast Day 21

Friday, 12th March

Reading Psalm 22

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him.

Psalm 22:27

We enter the second half of Lent, and the psalmist has deep hope in his heart. David sings of the future, a time that we are yet to know, when Christ returns and the kingdom is in fullness, sorrow and sickness is ended, and every knee around the world is bowing in worship. This is not how the psalm begins though is it? These are not the words of this psalm that are recorded as coming from the mouth of Jesus, as he hangs upon the cross.

There are times when we feel in the thick of it, stuck fast. Things are not right. With pain and tears we wonder what next. We are maybe feeling abandoned, But God is ever present, not distant, not even more than 2m away. The Lord can see the end from the beginning, was Jesus perhaps thinking of the whole psalm, whose last verse says “declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!” You may today be in a place of pain, but I hope that you may also be able to offer praise.

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