But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
We continue today, praying the Psalm from which Jesus Christ prayed on the cross.
Whatever we may be facing, it isn’t this, and because He did endure the cross, our cross, despising its shame, we are here to know Him and to live in His life.
A personal note today, because I think it may ring true with many:
I believe I could say, “From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God,” and yet, I did not give my life or receive His, Jesus’, until my mid-twenties.
How then can I make such a claim? Like many of you, when I came to know Him, I knew that I had believed in Him, in His Father, without knowledge, and with some false ideas of Him thrown in! Yet, like many, I “believed in God.”
That, if I may say it, is not nothing.
Still, I knew not His Name, not with certainty, I knew not the length and breadth of His compassions, although I hoped for them. My trust in the Lord might not have delivered me, but His faithfulness did.
He has never been far, and even now, whenever or wherever trouble is near, it is wonderfully comforting to know that, indeed, there is no one to help, only Him, and Him alone.
That has become my trust, and I rest assured.
Are there those for whom you pray who seem cut off, forsaken, hopeless?
Don’t believe it! Turn the taunting words of the captors upon them:
“The Lord will deliver my friend … my spouse … my child … He will rescue them and deliver them, because He delights in them, I know, because I love them so.”
From where else could such a love have arisen, if not in the heart of God?
Diego Velasquez, by permission, Wikipedia “Christ Crucified”