In our last look in the book of Psalms we were told what it takes to be worthy of God’s presence, yet we know God will always find a way to make sure you never reach that level of worthiness (see Job). Let’s see what Psalm 22 has in store for us.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Psalms 22:1
Umm…because he’s an asshole!
“In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.” – Psalm 22:4
Well, there’s also the whole ‘fear me or die’ threat constantly looming over the Israelites. Is it really trust, or more the fear of dying compelling the Israelites?
“Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.” – Psalm 22:9
Key words in this verse are ‘made me’. That’s God’s motto. Make others do his bidding. Make them kill. Make them rape. Make them fear.
“Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.” – Psalm 22:12-13
WTF!?!?! Stay out of the zoo cages!
“Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.” – Psalm 22:21
God also has the ability, if all-knowing and all-powerful, to keep you from the need of saving. But he chooses to allow you to suffer.
“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” – Psalm 22:24
WTF?!?! Yes, he has! This is exactly what he did to Job!
Following this are a few more verses on how God helps those who fear him. Why must it be fear? Why worship a god who demands your fear? Is that a god worthy of your love? Worthy of your worship? We’d never allow this from a parent or abusive spouse. If fact, we have laws against this when it comes to humans. Why then do hundreds of millions accept this abuse from the god of the Bible?
Coming Soon: Psalm – Chapter 23: A psalm of David.