Minister’s Note 4 March 2018

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My God, my God why have you forsaken me?
(Ps. 22:1, Mk. 15:34, Mt. 27:46)

All the families of the nations will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
(Ps. 22:27b-28, Mt. 28:18-19)

 

Jesus prayed the psalms. He died with a psalm on his lips. We must pray them too. Eugene Peterson explains, “If we wish to develop in the life of faith, to mature in our humanity, and to glorify God with our entire heart, mind, soul, and strength, the Psalms are necessary. We cannot bypass the Psalms. They are God’s gift to train us in prayer.[1]

 

Take Psalm 22 for example. When it appears as if we are forsaken and overcome by loss we pray with Jesus: “why have you forsaken me“. The psalm descends through unashamed vulnerability before soaring, miraculously, into unapologetic praise. This is possible because God “has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one” (Ps 22:24). Jesus suffered, died and rose again. He shares offers us his resurrection life. This is our hope: Christ is risen! Amen, He is risen indeed!

God Bless,
Sean

 

 

 

 

[1] Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer, p.g. 3.