Todays readings.. Genesis 19, Psalm 22, Matthew 12

Our Psalms reading today (22) begin with the last words Jesus utters on the cross, “My God, why have you forsaken me.”  This is a Psalm of David and must reflect an experience of his when he was in deep depression – very probably at some stage when he was being pursued by Saul and his henchmen and forced to hide in the wilderness. It is not difficult to have some appreciation of this desperate prayer of David.

After going forth so valiantly against Goliath and then being so successful that the people could sing, “Saul has struck down his thousands and David his ten thousands” [1 Sam. 18 v.7] suddenly David’s situation changes.  Now he is hiding in caves, Saul is seeking clues as to where he might me, does David have any friends?  Some who learn where he is report this to Saul. (I Sam. 23 v.19; 1 Sam 24 v. 1)

Today’s Psalm expresses how David was feeling; it was a natural reaction for him to pray, “My God, why have you forsaken me.”

He goes on to write, “O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” [v.2]   It is natural from our human perspective that we should think in terms of cause and effect – but God sees the bigger picture, the larger perspective of spiritual training such as when Jesus was “led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted (tested)” as we read last week in Matt. 4 v.1

What is very instructive for us about this – and several other Psalms – is how, after starting with desperate questions in a spirit of depression his words in this Psalm then move forward to perceive, what we might call, the “bigger picture.”  Yet David’s life in some of his experiences was a prophecy of what happened to Jesus.

David, in fleeing, left clothing behind and he notes “they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” [v.18]  An event which was to repeat itself in the life of Jesus.  Then David’s thoughts move on to think positively and he tells God, “I will tell of your name to my brothers, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.” [v. 22]

Finally this Psalm comes a greater and more far reaching vision of the future., “All the ends of the end shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” [v.27]   We should take a valuable lesson from David in this progression into positive thought, especially when we feel depressed.

Thoughts for the day based upon the Christadelphian Bible reading Planner by R.Roberts exists to serve the brotherhood in providing both preaching and Study material in video and other forms to assist in the proclamation efforts of individuals and Ecclesias alike and also as a preaching tool in itself.

This website was set up to assist in this endeavour and our aim is to Declare the God of Israel to those who are seeking the truth about the Human condition and the message of salvation found within the pages of scripture (the Bible).

We are a group of Baptised Christadelphians from all over the world who volunteer their God given time and resources to this cause.

Follow us on our dedicated Facebook page (click Images)

or our dedicated FACEBOOK group

Or our website

If you would like to subscribe to our channel, once you have clicked ‘Subscribe’ make sure you click the cog next to the subscribe button and select ‘Send me all notifications for this channel’

Download our ‘Free’ Bible APP – ‘KeyToThe Bible’ for i-phone or Android

Bible App

For more information on the Christadelphians

Read a variety of booklets on-line concerning various key Bible subjects.

True Bible Teaching Booklets


Make A Comment

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.