• Psalm-ology, part 1

    For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.  - Psalm 27:10

    We don’t know exactly what happened between David and his parents. There’s not much evidence that indicates that they actually had forsaken David. Possibly they had died, or he could have just intended it to be purely hypothetical. Regardless, David’s message is the same. The love that his parents have for him pales in comparison to the love God has for him. The New Bible Commentary says it this way, even if the strongest human love should reach its limit, the Lord’s love remains. Human love is flawed and imperfect. We have no earthly example that can fully show us the love that God has toward us, whether it be spouse, family, friends, kids, pastor, etc.  None of them are capable of giving us the kind of love that God freely gives. David understood this idea and was fixated on God’s love, so much that when he looked at his parents he felt abandoned and cast off by them.

    David didn’t even have the benefit that we do of being able to look back on the cross and see the work of God in action. David had to look into the future to the promised messiah. This messiah would eventually come forth, through David’s lineage, in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the only person in history capable of perfectly displaying the love of God. And his love was never more clear than when he was thrown upon that cross and submitted himself before man and God. Jesus was forsaken by man. His disciples betrayed him and most of his other followers left him. Not only was he deserted by man, he was forsaken by God. On the cross, Jesus cried out, “My God my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus himself, God incarnate, submitted himself to the Father’s will on the cross. The Father had to turn away as Jesus took our sin upon himself. For the first time in his life, the connection between him and the Father was broken. The relationship he shared with the Father had tragically been torn apart. What separated Jesus from the Father was sin, not his own, but ours. Our sin is what drove the wedge between Jesus and the Father. For the first time, Jesus was stained by the curse of humanity. But Jesus wasn’t shocked by any of this. He knew his main purpose in coming to earth was to die on that cross. He knew that the Father would have to forsake him, yet he chose to cast himself aside and serve his father. He knew the Father’s plan, he knew God had good in store, even through such bitter providence. He endured it knowing the costs.

    Whenever we feel hurt, or cheated, or abandoned, we need to realize that Christ meets us where we are. He stooped to depths lower than we could ever imagine, so that he could lift us up higher than we could ever dream. That’s not to say everything in this life will be grand and glorious, one look at the life of Jesus will tell you that. The one who was forsaken, will never forsake you. He reaches out to us day by day. He meets us in our sin, telling us to find rest in him just as we are. He doesn’t tell us to clean up our act before coming to him, for it’s only after we begin to see how beautiful he is that we can truly see how sinful we are. And it’s only after we see how vile our sin is that we will want to run to Christ, so that he can save us from it. 

    -Jake Graves