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Devotional Day 21.

Restore your worship.

 

Psalms 22 is the perfect sound of a person who feels a desperate need for restoration in his life. We find David crying out to God to draw near to him in his desperate moment. We see David in an anxious state, trying to hear from God in his desperate moment. We all face such moments in our lives too when we are not able to handle the uncertainty in our lives and we focus so much on it that we are filled with anxiety. One of the desperate and anxious moments of Jesus was at the cross when he cried out “My Father, my Father, why have you forsaken me?”. There was a moment in history when God felt, God-forsaken. But God also knew there is a resurrection after the crucifixion. Death was not the end of the story of Jesus but the restoration of mankind through the resurrection of Christ was the plan of God throughout.

 

One of the things I love about David is that in his moments of desperation, he still has this understanding of who God is that helps him convert his desperate moment into a moment of worship. Psalms 22: 22 and 23, David prepares himself to declare the praises of the Lord in any given circumstances and he is not afraid to worship Him when and wherever he can. In our lives, somewhere down the line, we have lost our heart for worship, and it is time that we restore our worship through the help of the Holy Spirit. As we pray today, why don’t we add more time to stay in His presence and worship Him in truth and in spirit?

 

Prayer Focus:
Lord, I pray that you will restore my heart of worship today. There have been so many times I have allowed my worldly worries and situation set the tone of my worship, but today helped me to change that, and may my worship set the tone of my response to the situational problems of my life. As David says, the Kingdom is your and you rule over all, come and reign over my life in Jesus name, Amen.

Psalms 22 NKJV.

To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David.

 

1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.

 

3 But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
5 They cried to You, and were delivered;
They trusted in You, and were not ashamed.

 

6 But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
7 All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

 

9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts.
10 I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
You have been My God.
11 Be not far from Me,
For trouble is near;
For there is none to help.

 

12 Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
13 They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.

 

14 I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.

 

16 For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
17 I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
18 They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.

 

19 But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!

 

You have answered Me.

 

22 I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
But when He cried to Him, He heard.

 

25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly;
I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.
Let your heart live forever!

 

27 All the ends of the world
Shall remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the families of the nations
Shall worship before You.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s,
And He rules over the nations.

 

29 All the prosperous of the earth
Shall eat and worship;
All those who go down to the dust
Shall bow before Him,
Even he who cannot keep himself alive.

 

30 A posterity shall serve Him.
It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,
31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born,
That He has done this.