But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.Psalm 22:3(KJV)
In bygone days, the first line of a Psalm was the title of that whole song. The name of this poignantly, prophetic Psalm that the Lord Jesus Christ cried out on the cross was: My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
Matthew's exposition of that unique day was that at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice the very Psalm that was penned by David, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?,” and very likely the Lord Jesus recited every wonderful word and every agonizing verse of that astonishing Psalm, which details the shocking truth of what Christ had to bear on the cross, to pay the required price for the sin of the world.
GOD the Father and GOD the Spirit turned their backs on GOD the Son, as he bore the sin of the world upon His sinless shoulders, and the unity that the Three had enjoyed for an eternity was broken for the first time, as the Father and the Spirit together poured out the fullness of their wrath upon the Son.
No wonder that the sun was tuned into darkness as the beloved Son of God was overwhelmed with grief as He drank every drop of that cup of death, for three seemingly endless hours.
But despite the indescribable grief of the sinless Lord Jesus, Who willingly became sin so that all that trust in His name could be saved, the very next words of this beautiful Psalm, that demands our eternal praise and worship proclaims, but You are holy - O You that inhabit the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted. They trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered. In You they trusted and were not disappointed.
At the darkest point in His life, Jesus set us a perfect example by calling to remembrance the goodness of His ever-faithful God by reciting the scripture that met His deepest point of need.
Never forget the everlasting goodness of God during those darkest periods of your life when perhaps you imagine that God has turned His back on you. He never has, for He willingly suffered all the wrath of God and punishment for sin that you and I deserve, when the Father placed your sin and mine was placed upon the Lord Jesus.
Even in those darkest days of your life, if you can lift up your voice to rejoice in the Lord and praise His name, you will discover that He truly does inhabit the praises of His people.
Oh my God and my Father, I cannot comprehend what my Lord Jesus had to go through to pay the price for my sins, but I praise You, I praise You my God - I praise you forever, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
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