READ : Psalm 22:22-31
The New Testament applies many of David’s words from this psalm directly to Christ Himself. From Jesus’ anguished cry on the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Ps. 22:1; Mt. 27:46) to the triumphant “I will declare your name . . . in the congregation I will praise you” (Ps. 22:22; Heb 2:12). From humiliation to celebra tion, this psalm’s moods mirror the range of real-life experiences of individual believers and the church.
Praise God that, despite suffering which may sometimes last for generations, the future of Christ’s church is breathtaking: “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him” (v. 27). “Future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness” (vv. 30-31).
For the next two days, millions of believers around the world are interceding for Sino-Tibetans. Pray today for the Japanese as well as China’s Hui, Tujia, and Yao peoples. The Hui are China’s largest Muslim group (9 million). China’s Tujia people practice the Taoist religion. The Yao are animistic.
Japanese traditions are Shinto-Buddhist. Economic prosperity also looms as a serious obstacle to major gospel breakthroughs. After decades of Christian outreach, few Japanese are believers yet.
Holy Spirit, hasten the day when more eyes will see Jesus not as a foreign god, but as Savior and Lord of all the world. Amen.