Title: Trust that gives hope
Key Verse 1
אֵלִי אֵלִי, לָמָה עֲזַבְתָּנִי
This is a Psalm which speaks of Jesus' death on the cross in vivid ways, prophesying what would take place. It is a Psalm of pleading, of groaning. King David is crying out to God, "Why have you abandoned me?" In verse 14, it says that his heart within him has "turned to wax; it has melted away within me." There seems no hope any longer. There seems to be no answer from on high.
Yet, the Psalm in verses 19-21 turns back to God, seeking rescue. David turns his cries of anguish into prayers for deliverance.
Reading further, his Psalm changed into one of praise for God! The Daily Bread reads: "He cried to God day and night, and it seemed that God did not answer him. ... He trusted God anyway." David knew that in the end, all justice would be settled. That the man who trusted himself would have no hope beyond himself; but that the man who clung to God would be saved by God. He believed in the life after death where he would see God face to face. So even when life was at the most miserable time, when he was threatened to rebuke God (as Job was) and to surrender to his enemies, King David held fast. And he was given the inheritance of Abraham and the hope of everlasting life. David displays that "joy in all circumstances" because he is close to God and knows God's character. May I also come to know and trust God like this!
One Word: Trust God, no matter what