Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
In the state of Kentucky, they have beautiful caves that go deep into the mountains. In these caves, the temperature remains the same year around and the atmosphere stays very damp. If you have never been in a cave, you may not have ever experienced what I am about to tell you.
When I was young, my parents took me to such a cave. As we went farther into the heart of this mountain, the guide described the stalactites and stalagmites. He told how they had formed over time by mineral deposits. Then at one point he said, “Stand very still and no one move.” That is when it happened. He turned off the lights. I mean there was no light from anything. At first, there was this gasp from the crowd, then a little murmuring, but over just a few seconds it grew very silent. It was the darkest darkness I had ever experienced. Even though there were people all around me, there was also this eerie feeling of being all alone. Then the guide struck a match. The little light from that match seemed to fill the entire room of that cave. When he turned the lights back on, I must admit I felt somewhat relieved. The tension of the uncertain darkness was gone.
In today’s verse, the psalmist is asking why God had forsaken him and why He was so far away. Yet the truth was, God had never moved. In the darkness of this world, it may seem sometimes like we are all alone. As believers, we must remember we are never alone. God is always there. He is even there in our darkest hour.
Does it seem at times as if God is not there? That for some unknown reason He is not listening. Does it appear the world around you has become a very dark place? May I suggest you turn on the light of His Word in your life? Just a little light in a very dark place can bring a whole lot of peace to your soul.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Genesis 44-46 / Psalm 22 / Proverbs 25 / Mark 1-2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Genesis 44-45 / Matthew 14
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
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