BCL Grow: God Is Near — Psalm 22:19
Psalm 22:19 (Providence)
But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid! — Psalm 22:19
“We see David’s hope also in the earnestness of his prayer for present relief. He knows that God can help, and he turns to God as the only one who will help.… We must never stop praying, even in our deepest distress.” — W. Robert Godfrey, Learning to Love the Psalms, p. 74.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: The first verse of Psalm 22 is Christ Jesus’ cry from the cross. Yet it may be our cry also, like it was David’s, when God seems far away in the midst of our pain and struggle. Consider how David and Christ called out to God even when he seemed distant in the midst of affliction.
2. Remember: Notice in Psalm 22 how David turns to faith in God by remembering God’s faithfulness to his people. He remembers God’s deliverance (v. 4). Therefore, David cried out to God for deliverance from his enemies, from the trouble that encompassed him, and from his afflictions. He looked to God for rescue.
3. Respond: When life and circumstances seem hopeless, remember God’s deliverance in times past. Cry out to him in prayer and depend on him in faith. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8).
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