Ken Green - March 4, 2015

Song of the Forsaken

Psalm 22 is familiar to many of us: Jesus echoed the words of the first verse as He was being crucified. As our Lord suffers and bears our unrighteousness, He experiences rejection even from His Father in heaven. Perhaps less familiar to us is how the end of Psalm 22 lends itself to our theme of “renewal.” We are renewed in God’s power because Jesus’ sacrifice is complete and is acceptable to God. We and all God’s people give praise and worship Him, for God has satisfied our deepest need. We serve Him and share His life with others—we have purpose in this world—for “He has done it!” (Psalm 22:31)

Scripture References: Psalms 22:23-31

From Series: "Songs of Renewal"

The season of Lent gives us opportunity to be renewed by God’s power as we prepare to celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus at Easter. This year our midweek worship services draw us to look to selected Psalms as God shapes and renews our life of faith. The Psalms, though written long before Jesus’ time, connect us with Jesus. Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book, Life Together, helps us to understand what he called the “secret of the psalter”: "The Psalter is the prayer book of Jesus Christ in the truest sense of the word. He prayed the Psalter and now it has become his prayer for all time…. [And] Jesus Christ prays through the Psalter in his congregation." Our midweek worship themes will not only focus on the selected Psalms themselves, but also on how we encounter Jesus Himself praying in those Psalms, and how Jesus leads us to participate in these “Songs of Renewal.”

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