LHM Lenten Devotion – April 5, 2014 “Come Quickly Lord!”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Come Quickly Lord!”

April 5, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 7TEXT: But You, O Lord, do not be far off! O You my help, come quickly to my aid (Psalm 22:19).

Now Jesus’ prayer turns from His enemies to God. He pleads with His Father not to continue forsaking Him, but to come quickly to His aid. Notice the way Jesus calls the Lord “My Help” and pleads with Him not to stand far off with His back turned, but to rush quickly to Him, coming close and giving Him help and aid.

Sometimes when we go through difficult struggles in our lives it seems God is standing off at a distance, not noticing or not concerned with our plight. Jesus gives us a tremendous example in His passionate plea, calling on God to come quickly, providing aid and whatever help is needed. But there is a great difference between our sufferings and those of Jesus. He became sin for us, and was therefore forsaken by God. But since He has removed our sins we will never be forsaken.

Psalm 46:1 reminds us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” After His resurrection Jesus promised, “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (see Matthew 28:20).

Because Jesus took our sin on Himself and bore the curse and fierce punishment of God in our place, we never need fear that God will forsake us or stand far off while we suffer. He is right here to comfort us, sustain us, strengthen us, and deliver us.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for removing my sin and guilt, so I may confidently call on You for help in all times. Amen.

 

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