Posted: Thursday, January 26
Verse of the day:
Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast. I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born. (Psalm 22:9-10)
David understood both for himself and, prophetically speaking, for the later-to-come Messiah, that in the depth of agony and the sense of abandonment, we could still appeal to God by remembering His faithfulness throughout our lives—and that this difficult circumstance in but a moment in time.
David did not say, "Since I feel abandoned by God, I will abandon Him." He remained steadfast even when darkness threatened his soul, he still called out to the God who cared for him since his birth.
Spurgeon says, "That Child now fighting the great battle of his life, uses the mercy of his nativity as an argument with God. Faith finds weapons everywhere. He who wills to believe shall never lack reasons for believing."
David argued on good, logical grounds. He reminded God of the care given to him since his very earliest days. That prior grace might seem to be wasted if the sufferer was not rescued out of his present crisis.
Maclaren responds this way, "They are the personal application of the wide truth that God by His making us men gives us a claim on Him, that He has bound Himself by giving life to give what is needful for its development and well-being."
When we were just helpless infants, we had no choice but to trust God—and we did so without a conscious effort. From that day forward God has not changed in His love and care for us. It is up to us to continually place ourselves into His love and care. And even in the darkest of circumstances, we must remember His faithfulness in both the best of times and the difficult.