TRUST: Remember God’s Character In Sufferings

Our post today stems from Psalm 22. Like Psalm 69Psalm 22 is a foreshadowing of the sufferings of Jesus Christ on the cross. Without a doubt, Jesus is the greatest example for man to follow in the midst of hardships, trials or sufferings. It is Jesus whom we are to emulate.

Obviously, this psalm was written before Christ’s incarnation, becoming a man. Since that is the case, who wrote this psalm? We are told that King David wrote this psalm. From Matthew 1, we also know that Jesus came from the linage of King David, so God was using King David almost a 1,000 years before Christ’s incarnation. Jesus is called the son of David because He was the long-awaited deliverer of Israel who also fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. The point here is that if David and Jesus had the same mind in dealing with hardships, trials and sufferings, so should we. Their mindset was to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

Again Psalm 22 is well known for its many citations and allusions in the New Testament (Matt. 27:35, 39, 43, 46; John 19:23, 24, 28; Heb. 2:12). The psalm, like Ps. 69, expresses the suffering of Christ, the Son of David, dying at the hands of wicked men.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

Here, we see David’s anguish in feeling abandoned by God. Let’s face. In spite of God’s promise to never leave nor forsake us, we all can identify with David’s and Jesus’ feeling of ‘where are you God’; yet, both David and Jesus show us how to respond in our feeling of abandonment that arise from our hardships, trials or sufferings. David and Jesus espouse TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

David reflects on how his ancestors had put their trust in God and God delivered them. There are three examples that have been proposed that David could have reflected upon: David could think of the time that Abraham was delivered from the five kings (Gen. 14), Joseph from the Egyptian prison (Gen. 41), and most of all Moses and Israel from the land of Egypt (Ex. 1–15). In doing so, David and Jesus help us to remember to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

The result of trusting in God in the midst of hardships, trials or sufferings is deliverance, salvation and honor as outlined in verse five. Which of us would not want deliverance, salvation and honor as a by-product of our hardships, trials or sufferings. Then, we must follow David’s and Jesus’ example of TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering.

I am not sure what you are facing now. It could financial, relational or health related, but any of the challenges associated with either should be given to God. While you might not be able to see a way out, we are required to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering. The passage (v.3) tells us that God is holy. Holy as being pure, clean and free from defilement. As fellow believers in Christ with David, we too are called to be holy. Ephesians 1:4 tells us “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—

If we are to be God’s children and brothers/sisters with Christ, we have no choice in hardships, trials and sufferings other than to TRUST: Remember God’s Character in Suffering. Trust God with your challenges today.


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