LHM Lenten Devotion – April 14, 2014 “Looking Away?”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Looking Away?”

April 14, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 9TEXT: For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and He has not hidden His face from him, but has heard, when he cried to Him (Psalm 22:24).

Jesus, our conquering King, goes on to give all glory and credit to His Father for the great deliverance He won on the cross. Jesus was the afflicted One, rejected by His people, His priests, the Roman governor and soldiers. Yet despite the shame and humility, the blood and gore, the pain and agony, the Father did not despise Him as the Jewish leaders taunted Him. The Father did not abhor, or utterly detest Jesus’ terrible afflictions. The Father did not forsake Jesus forever, but heard His bitter cry, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” The Father accepted His sacrifice, delivered Him from hell, and gently brought His Son’s soul to paradise, even as loving hands took His body down from the cross, wrapped it for burial, and gently laid it in the unused tomb.

We too are often afflicted in life. We wonder how God responds to seeing us in pain, fear, doubt, agony. Does He despise us as weak and insignificant? Does He abhor us, wanting nothing to do with creatures so helpless and unclean? Does He hide His face and stop His ears from our pain and suffering?

No, our gracious Father is always with us to look upon us in need, to hear our groans and pleas, and to deliver us from all troubles, from all enemies, and from death and hell. It was that great love which moved Him to send His only begotten Son as our victorious Savior. That is why we fear Him, praise Him, glorify Him, and stand in awe of Him.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, through Your Son Jesus Christ, You always watch us, hear our prayers, and deliver us from all trials. Receive our thanks and praise for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
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