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August 4, 2015, 9:46 AM

Rescued from the dogs...

"But you, LORD, do not be far from me.  You are my strength; come quickly to help me.  Deliver me from the sword,  my precious life from the  power of the dogs.  Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;  save me from the horns of the wild oxen. "  - Psalm 22:19–21 (NIV 2011)

A psalm of David that has such depth of meaning...

As with so many of the psalms composed by David, this one comes at time when he is calling upon the Lord for strength.  However, this psalm carries with it such power as the beginning is quoted from the cross by Christ (Matthew 27:46,Mark 15:34).  As Christ spoke, this psalm came alive once more to those who had heard this psalm spoken of David so many times.  The psalm was transformed from the lament and thanksgiving of an individual to the lament and thanksgiving of a nation as Christ, Himself, took on the sin of the world.  This entire psalm was brought to life as Christ suffered on the cross.

For us, this means that the psalm rings true even today.  We can pray the entire psalm with confidence because just as it was true for David, it is for us because of Christ.  Because Christ spoke the truth of this psalm, we can have confidence as well.  Call upon the LORD to not be far from you...that His strength comes quickly...that your life be rescued from the power of the "dogs" and "lions" and "oxen" in your life.  It also means that you have the strength to tell others of what God has done, so that they will know (vv.30-31), even those not yet born.

Praise Him, even when you are surrounded by the enemy (v.22).

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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