The current sermon series at our church is entitled Going Deeper: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality! The challenge to take care of my own stuff in order to enjoy life and all it brings is ever before me. This week we faced the challenge of hard things.

Life is full of hard things. That’s the way Jesus said it would be — that’s why he came. Because I need it so badly, I am going to review the scripture from the message this week. For today, just give it a read and see what God might want to be saying to you. Oh yes, you can listen to the message at Maple City Chapel by scrolling to the “Latest Sermons” tab.

1My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 2Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. 3Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. 5They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disgraced. 6But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all! 7Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, 8“Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” 9Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast. 10I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born. 11Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me. 12My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls; fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in! 13Like lions they open their jaws against me, roaring and tearing into their prey. 14My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. 15My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. 16My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet. 17I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat. 18They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. 19O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! 20Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from these dogs. 21Snatch me from the lion’s jawsand from the horns of these wild oxen. 22I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people. 23Praise the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! 24For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. 25I will praise you in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you. 26The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. 27The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him. 28For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all the nations. 29Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow before him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust. 30Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. 31His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.

Psalm 22

What phrases do you resonate with in David’s song? How can you imitate his faith in order to strengthen your own?

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