Jesus cried out from the cross and the people mocked Him saying:
“Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
Then let the Lord save him!
If the Lord loves him so much,
Let the Lord rescue him!”
New Living Translation
Jesus’ pleading was from a perfect heart, but our pleading is different.
Do you have a mocker in your heart? When you cry for God to come and rescue you, does your own heart mock you? When we forget the cross we leave ourselves open to the mocking of our old natures, and God is silent. We can beg and beg for some evidence of God’s nearness, but God patiently waits and keeps silent as He disciplines us. All the forces of Satan, the world and the old nature can come against us, when we forget scriptural facts. Through all of our forgetting, we are always safe, because of the facts of Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. There are many times we don’t see that our rescue has been secured and God is always near us. We get mired down in the mud of the earth, and forget.
Until we see and agree with God that we have already been rescued, the mocking continues. God’s perfect discipline allows us to go on with our pleading until we remember the position He has already given us. Read on, after verse 8, in Psalm 22, to see how bad the mocking becomes.
“My enemies” surround me like a pack of dogs, an evil gang closes in on me.
I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat…” Psalm 22: 16 &17.
Living and depending on what we see and think will forever leave us begging and pleading for God to come for us. God wants to shape us into people who always more clearly see that He has taken us from death to life and made us reign over trying circumstances.
“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and
believe in God who sent me have eternal life.
They will never be condemned for their sins,
but they have already passed from death into life.” John 5:24
God has already taken us above earthly circumstances by Christ”s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
I can understand why Psalm 23 comes after Psalm 22.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” Psalm 23:4 a&b
This world is a place where Lent is in our hearts. We are still learning to see what God has done for us. God has given us a position above this world and above all the fears we experience. His faithfulness in patiently engineering trying circumstances shows us how to think positionally and results in verse 31 of Psalm 22.
“His righteous acts will be told
to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything.
He has done.” Psalm 22:31