God listens

This is the end of the famous “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Psalm. The words that Jesus uttered on the cross.

The crying anguish moves to worship.  God doesn’t hate or despise.  On the contrary, he listens and doesn’t turn away.

Psalm 22:19-28

19 Don’t stay far away, Lord!
    My strength comes from you,
    so hurry and help.
20 Rescue me from enemy swords
    and save me from those dogs.
21     Don’t let lions eat me.

You rescued me from the horns
    of wild bulls,
22     and when your people meet,
    I will praise you, Lord.

23 All who worship the Lord,
    now praise him!
You belong to Jacob’s family
and to the people of Israel,
    so fear and honor the Lord!
24 The Lord doesn’t hate
or despise the helpless
    in all of their troubles.
When I cried out, he listened
    and did not turn away.

25 When your people meet,
you will fill my heart
    with your praises, Lord,
    and everyone will see me
    keep my promises to you.
26 The poor will eat and be full,
and all who worship you
    will be thankful
    and live in hope.

27 Everyone on this earth
    will remember you, Lord.
People all over the world
    will turn and worship you,
28     because you are in control,
    the ruler of all nations.

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