Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:37-38
Are you are finding this coronavirus isolation trying? Falling into a sense of abandonment? For believers, it shouldn’t be so. Romans 8, makes it clear – nothing can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. Yet this morning I felt so far from Him. I learned long ago to take seriously Psalm 22: 3 – But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.
I turned on iHeart radio to listen to praise and worship music and turned to a Christian station by Matt Maher whose music is always a blessing. The music played in the background while I did a few morning tasks. It wasn’t until I sat down for my Bible study/prayer time that I really listened. A song came on by a group called Sidewalk Prophets entitled “You Love Me Anyway.” As I listened, this simple truth washed over me, and I felt so loved.
I started listening to the words closely and realized the words referred to the crucifixion. The words that begin Psalm 22:1 are the ones Jesus spoke from the cross – My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Perhaps verse two describes how many of us find ourselves feeling right now: Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning? Yet, verse three brings comfort for indeed, the LORD is enthroned in the praises of His people.
Keep praising Him! This testing time will pass, the resulting effects on our lives aren’t clear yet, but our eternal relationship with God through faith in His Son Jesus is eternal. Take comfort!
I have been convinced for a long time that Jesus purposely chose to speak words from Psalm 22, as a way to direct future generations to the Messianic meaning of the psalm and the encouragement we can find there. Take time to read the entire Psalm 22. It describes the crucifixion of Jesus, yet it is truly a great word of comfort that turns into praise. Jesus knew this when He uttered those ancient words on the cross. He knew we would suffer pain. He knew we would need to understand that His Father would no more forsake one of us who love Him than He would forsake His only Son.
Sometimes He uses unexpected messengers to send us comfort.
In Him, we live and move and have our being,
If you didn’t hit the link to Psalm 22 above, find it HERE!
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