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Thursday, March 30, 2017 Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“I can count all my bones.  They look, they stare at me; they divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.”  (Psalm 22:17-18)

We see that the Lord knew the circumstances that would surround His crucifixion.  None of Christ’s bones were broken, which would not have made sense when this was written, but in light of the other two beside Christ on the cross, does.  In the days when all clothing was hand made, His garment was gambled for.  See the clarity of the prophecy and be not unbelieving, but believing.

Lord, You give us such amazing insight into what shall come, but doubts get in the way and I do not believe.  Help my unbelief that I would hold fast to all that You have spoken knowing that You who knows all things also knows the promises You have for those who believe.  Guide me ever deeper into the faith You have given me that I would live in You according to Your Word.

Lord Jesus, I can only imagine all that happened that day as You hung on the cross.  Help me through all of the difficulties and doubts that will come along to see in You the hope of glory You have for those who come at Your call and follow You.  Lead me through this day to hold fast to the hope You give knowing that in You alone is grace and promise.  You are my Savior and You have sent Your Spirit to guide me now and always.  Amen.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and You lay me in the dust of death.  For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet.”  (Psalm 22:15-16)

Listen to the words.  See the Savior on the cross.  Clear words spoke a clear reality that would be witnessed one thousand years after this Psalm was penned.  The Lord gave us the prophecy that we might know that all time is in His hands.  He knows what has been and He knows what is coming.  Trust in the One who knows all things and has your future in His hands.

Lord You suffered unimaginable torment on behalf of all who believe.  Guide me, O Lord, to see in You the never-failing promises You have for those who trust in You.  Guide me according to Your Word that I would forever hold fast to all You have in store for those who love You.  Help me to trust in what You have done in order to look forward to what You will do knowing that all things are in Your hands.

In this world, dear Lord, there are times of drought and famine.  You know suffering and have promised that there is purpose in and through all things.  Surrounding us are those who taunt and jeer and do not want to see clearly the great love You have for all.  Help me to be like You and not like the scoffers, knowing that the life You have created was meant to be lived in a certain way.  Amen.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“They open wide their mouth at me, as a ravening and a roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within me.”  (Psalm 22:13-14)

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.  On the one hand, words cannot physically hurt; but on the other, words pierce.  The relentless taunting of evil wears on the soul and tears it down.  Yes, we want to hear the Word of the Lord, but the cacophony of this world gets in the way.  Look to the Lord as He lifts you up to have ears dull to the lies and open to Him.

Lord open my ears to You and give me thicker skin to the ways of this world.  Guide me according to Your never failing principles to see in You alone the hope of glory for the ages.  Lead me by Your will to do what is right in Your sight, to not speak words that are foul, or in any way harm one of Your children.  Make me upright and strong to endure the wickedness all around me.

Lord Jesus, You who endured all the taunts of the world and took them upon Your own body, lead me under the shelter of what You have done to live by Your example and endure through times of tribulation.  Help me to see that in You I have hope and that You will not fail.  Lead me, O Lord, to know that You have already prevailed and that in You I do have a future through all that may come in between.  Amen.

Monday, March 27, 2017 Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“Be not far from me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help.  Many bulls have surrounded me; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.”  (Psalm 22:11-12)

The wicked one offers up what seems strong things in this world to encircle, threaten and intimidate.  But the strength of this world pales in the face of the Lord.  He who has all power created the things we call powerful.  What are they to Him but His creation?  Look to the One is truly has all power.

Lord, I am often frightened by the things of this world which seek to intimidate me.  Help me hold fast to Your strength which You demonstrated by conquering death through weakness.  Help me to see that in You alone is there the hope of the ages.  Lead me through every trial and travail that I would grow stronger in commitment to You and all that You have in store for those who love you.

Lord Jesus, as You hung on the cross You could see those who taunted You.  They were all around You with derision and hatred, yet You continued and did what needed to be done for all our sakes.  Though I do not fully understand, help me see clearly the great love it took for You to do this for even for those who were taunting You.  May I learn from You to be faithful in all circumstances.  Amen.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.  Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb.”  (Psalm 22:9-10)

Before you were in the womb, the Lord knew you.  He knows those whom He has created.  You are a part of His eternal plan.  Cherish the gift God has given.  Know that you and all others have been given life in His purpose.  Whether it is for yourself, or for Him, that is the trial of this age; but ultimately, never forget that this is His creation and the truth is that you were created for Him.

Lord, I become absorbed in self and do not see the simple truth that You are the One who has created all things.  Create in me a clean heart and renew in me a right spirit that I would see life through Your eyes and delight in all that You have made.  Guide me, O Lord, according to Your purpose that in the truth I would dwell, knowing that it is You who brings all things together according to Your will.

Lord Jesus, You understand the lament of distance that sin has caused in our lives.  You have seen the dismal fog that clouds our brains and know the distance we need to come to live in the fullness of life as You created it to be lived.  Help me every day to see more clearly and learn from You how to go forward into this life You have created for the Father’s glory.  Lead me to live according to the purpose for which I have been created.  Amen.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 Devotion

 

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“To You they cried out and were delivered; in You they trusted and were not disappointed.  But I am a worm and not a man, a reproach of men and despised by the people.  All who see me sneer at me; they separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, “Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”  (Psalm 22:5-8)

The taunting of those who reject the Lord can be merciless.  Their taunting can wear at the soul.  But the cry of the faithful to You goes out and You hear.  Lord, the ways of this world are sometimes hard to fathom and often so cruel.  Indeed, be committed to the Lord and learn to ignore the taunts of the wicked that you may know the graciousness and promise of the Lord.  Pain endures but a short time and the eternity of the Lord is forever.

Lord, help me learn to move beyond every season of doubt, confusion and frustration that I may remain faithful.  In You alone is there hope and a future.  Guide me according to Your will in my life that I would hold fast to all the promises You have given and not listen to those who hate you.  Lead me, O Lord, according to Your will that I would walk in Your ways all the days of my life.

Lord Jesus, You endured a pain none of us can imagine.  Not only the physical pain, but all the taunting from the wicked one and his minions.  Yet You endured to the end for all our sakes.  Help me, O Lord, to see in You not only the example, but the One who can lead me through every valley of the shadow of death to learn faithfulness in every circumstance.  By Your example, help me walk this day.  Amen.

Friday, March 24, 2017 Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.  In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You delivered them.”  (Psalm 22:3-4)No matter the circumstances or what anyone thinks, God is ever and always holy.  Generation after generation has trusted in the Lord and He has been faithful.  Each of us will have earthly moments when we are just not sure and when we think we’re alone, but the One who created us is faithfully there always.  Lift up your praise no matter the circumstance to the One who has always been.

Lord, lead me through the noise and distractions of this world to see in You the only hope, not only of eternity, but of this life.  You are the One who has a purpose in all things and have provided through the grace of Your Son, sacrificed for the sake of us who have always needed You.  Guide me, O Lord, in the ways You would have me go regardless the circumstance.

Thank You, Jesus, for what You have suffered for the sake of all of those who will, through You, turn to the Father.  Lead me today, no matter what the circumstances are, to see that only in You is there hope and a future.  Help me overcome the difficulties that will come between You and me in order to live faithfully in the example You have given and for the glory of the Father.  Amen.

Thursday, March 23, 2017  Devotion

The Lament of Christ on the cross.

“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?  Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.  O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; and by night, but I have no rest.”  (Psalm 22:1-2)

The Lord does hear and knows the lament of every heart that sorrows.  It seems as though he is not answering, but the prophecy of this Psalm is Christ on the cross who knows what it means to truly be forsaken and despised.  Take comfort in those times when God seems far off (He is always close) and know that He knows what it is to suffer those times of misery and suffering.

Lord, You who knew me before I was in my mother’s womb and know all that will happen, bring remembrance of Christ whenever I feel you are far off.  Help me understand that You always understand and that more often than not it is I who is unwilling to hear that is getting in the way of Your speaking.  Open the way of my heart that I would not forsake You.

Lord Jesus, God in the flesh, You do understand what it is to suffer agony and travail.  Grant that I would accept the comfort You give and live knowing that You who know have provided for us all the eternal comfort You purchased through the agony You suffered on behalf of us all.  Thank You for the love and sacrifice You gave that I may approach the Father in You.  Amen.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Devotion

“For You will make them turn their back; You will aim with Your bowstrings at their faces.  Be exalted, O Lord, in Your strength; we will sing and praise Your power.”  (Psalm 21:12-13)

What is the aim of our life?  Why did God create us?  What is it to be made in His image?  The Lord is the God who created all things for His purpose and in Him is life and its meaning.  To the praise and glory of God is the aim of our life.  He shares His glory with those whom He has made in His image.  In us He delights and desires that we would delight in Him.  To this end we have been created.

Lord God, You who made all things have invited us into Your glory.  Bring me there O Lord that I would rejoice in all that You are accomplishing, praising You above all things.  Lead me according to the grace You have given to see that in You alone is there all hope, glory and honor and that apart from You is nothing.  Lead me according to Your will O Lord that I may delight in You.

Lord Jesus, the One through whom all things have come and in whom all things have their being, guide me through this life to learn from You all that needs to be known.  Help me to trust in the provision You have granted that I may be satisfied with the call You have given me.  You alone are the One who is able to lead me by Your grace to become what You know I shall be.  Help me to follow.  Amen.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Devotion

“Their offspring You will destroy from the earth, and their descendants from among the sons of men.  Though they intended evil against You and devised a plot, they will not succeed.”  (Psalm 21:10-11)

Generations come and go and the now powerful become dust in the past for future generations.  You alone endure forever and know the fleeting ways of those who rebel against You.  Though they plot, they are thwarted.  Lead me O Lord in Your ways that I would walk in them and be guided by the principles You have laid down from the beginning.  Help me see that in You alone is there hope.

Lord, from the beginning You have established Your principles and laid out the course for existence.  Help me to look to You and be guided by You in all things.  According to Your never-failing principles, lift me up that I may see more clearly the truth You have revealed for all who would listen.  In Your truth may I walk today and every day according to Your will.

Lord Jesus, You have come into the world to free all those who are bound by sin and death that we may walk in freedom for the praise and worship of the Father.  Lead me O Lord according to the Father’s will that I may not only be guided in Your example, but fulfill the will of the One who sent You.  May I be faithful in Your example and walk the way You are teaching me walk.  Amen.