But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion!
From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me. I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me but heard when I cried to him.
From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. ~ Psalm 22:19-28
The Isaiah passage yesterday showed a God who keeps reaching out to a people who continue to ignore the love being offered.
Here, it feels like someone finally noticed!
Isn't it just like us to put off getting help until things really get dire? We live in a world where folks like to be self-sufficient.
I mean, I love to be sufficient!
But the truth is that I'm not. And wouldn't it be great if I remembered that before it got too late?
Before I needed to be rescued?
Wouldn't if be great it we leaned on each other - and leaned on God - without feeling like we are losing a part of ourselves?
What if we discovered that leaning on each other ends up meaning we find a better part of ourselves?
Rescue me from my sufficiency, God, so that I may lean on those who love me - especially you. Amen