Yesterday, I went over briefly about Jesus crying out to the Father because He felt the presence of God leave Him.
What’s interesting is that Psalm 22:1 uses the same words that Jesus spoke on the cross:
”My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
This is because certain Psalms are Messianic. In other words, these Pslams speak of Christ.
It is no accident that Psalm 22 and Psalm 23 are placed next to each other, and today, I would love to show you why.
Psalm 22:1, it shows the depths to which Christ took, in order to save our souls. He took on all of the pain and suffering, to which it meant that God left His presence because of the Holiness of the Father. David writes this Psalm from his desperation of feeling alone.
Then, David rejoices in Psalm 23 about the Good Shepherd, who leads us into Eternal life. This is because Jesus knows the way through the valley of the shadow of death – because He is the way – He made a way when there was none.
He went before us, for us.
Jesus chose to die for each and every one of us – even though it cost Him to be in the presence of the Father, so that we could be restored back to an intimate relationship with God
And this is why Jesus says:
”I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Psalm 22 was David’s cry, as it was for Jesus, but Psalm 23 shows the promise when we walk through that path with Him.
Psalm 22 was the price purchased for you and me, but the promise in Psalm 23, shows the Good Shepherd will restore our souls, as He leads us to still waters
Today, I want to encourage you to read Psalm 23 and if you can, then reread Psalm 22 and Psalm 23 together. It will show you that although we may feel pain from Psalm 22 into the night, the glory of Psalm 23 will come in through, in the morning
”For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalms 30:5