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Pastor’s Pen — Psalm 22

DHBC Newsletter April 2014

Pastor’s Pen~

When my thoughts turn to Resurrection Sunday, my mind often thinks of Psalm 22. You may remember the text. David pens his emotions and these same words are repeated by Jesus as he is hanging from the cross. These words were written in the Psalms hundreds of years before Jesus was even born. The Words are filled with intensity. These verses reveal the pain and agony of what they both faced- David as he struggles with his enemies and Jesus as he hangs on the cross, about to die for the sin(s) of humanity.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. Psalm 22:1-5

Do you relate to those verses and have you had those feelings of perceived abandonment? Did the feelings that David expressed resonate with you? Being forsaken by friends, family and God is a weighty issue. Notice that David comes around, as he usually does, and acknowledges the holiness of God. R.C. Sproul states; “That before anyone can know God – they must know that God is holy.” He is holy and we are not! Do you recognize the holiness of God daily? The groaning and crying of David was a real feeling when he hadn’t yet received an answer from God. But was it real? At that point, David returns his thoughts back to God’s holiness in the following verses that he wrote, which are so familiar to all of us- Trust and Deliverance. Both of these words should bring us comfort as we look toward Resurrection Sunday on April 20th. When we trust Christ we are delivered from God. We are saved from His wrath. He no longer see our sins, instead He sees the finished work of Christ, who has taken our place.

Touching lives and building meaningful relationships must be important on Resurrection Sunday and every day of our lives here on earth.

Dan Gutierrez
pastor for preaching