The Bible tells us that Jesus spoke seven times from His cross. The fourth time He spoke was different all of the other seven, because Jesus was likely quoting Psalm 22. Hebrew children often learned to pray and sing using the Psalms, so it makes sense for Jesus to turn to the Scriptures as He prayed.

Read Psalm 22 silently. Pay special attention to any phrases in the psalm that remind you of Jesus on His cross.

The Psalm begins with the author feeling abandoned by God but finishes with a glorious celebration of His faithfulness. I have followed Jesus most of my life, but I still have days where I am certain He abandoned me.

(He never has.)

Today when I read Psalm 22, I am reminded that when I feel torn apart, poured out, and have nothing left to give, He is near.

When I don’t think He hears me, when my strength dries up, and I don’t know how to keep going, He never turns away from my suffering.

He hears my cries.
He never hides His face from me.

He has been faithful to me over and over.

When you listen to the song linked below, I pray this refrain from my childhood reminds you of His faithfulness.

“Great is thy faithfulness, oh God my father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not.
And as thou hast have been, thou forever will be.”