by Ami Hendrickson
Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” These are among the last words Jesus uttered on the cross before He died for our sins. These are also the opening words of Psalm 22.
The Psalms were Israel’s hymnal. Like any hymnal, they contained songs for many occasions. These songs of happiness, of mourning, of supplication, and of historical events were all a part of Israel’s culture. Like the Top 10 songs of today, everyone knew the Psalms.
So, when Jesus cried out His final words, everyone present must have instantly known the Psalm He was quoting. (When you read it, you might be surprised. Though it begins with a deep sadness, it ends with a prophecy that Jesus Himself fulfilled.)
Sing to the LORD! Even in your darkest moments, you can lift up your voice and sing. Tell God what is in your heart. Sing to Him your song today.
Father of Music,
Please hear my song of love and gratitude to You. No matter what I have to say, I know that You will always hear me. You will never forsake me. In Jesus’ holy Name, I pray, Amen.