Read Psalm 22:23-31

A call to speak out for the Holy One: Of Israel!  Our Creator!  Our Sustainer Father!  Psalm 22, quoted by Jesus on the cross, which begins with a word of despair: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” yet builds to an incredible crescendo of faith and hope and affirmation.  The Psalmist calls for the people who fear the Lord to proclaim the mighty acts of God.

What are those mighty acts?  They are not the absurdly extravagant challenges for God to alter the laws of nature in a moment of doom and gloom.  Rather, those mighty acts of God, silently presented, are the faithful presence and assured comfort of God to those who suffer, to those who mourn, to those who are afflicted.  He does not despise the afflicted, but listens and hears their cries for help.  Who could have ever written such powerful words without themselves knowing the depths of despair, and the height of faith?

You meet us in the heights and depths of our lives, O God.

Help us to speak out our praise of your name.

John Crist

Pittsburgh, PA