Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday 2009

The Lord did delight in his dear Son, and when he was found in fashion as a man, and became obedient unto death, he still was well pleased with him. Strange mixture! Jehovah delights in him, and yet bruises him; is well pleased, and yet slays him.
- C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Psalm 22:8

David's Psalm 22 is a majestic and beautiful cry for deliverance to God. Yet, more than just the prayers of David, it foretells the sufferings of Christ. The opening lines of the Psalm read, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" These are the very words of Christ as he hung on the cross: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani!"

Throned upon the aweful tree, King of grief, I watch with thee,
Darkness veils thine anguished face: none its lines of woe can trace:
None can tell what pangs unknown hold thee silent and alone.

Silent through those three dread hours, wrestling with the evil pow'rs,
Left alone with human sin, gloom around thee and within,
Till tha'ppointed time is nigh, till Lamb of God may die.

Hark, that cry that peals aloud upward through the whelming cloud!
Thou, the Father's only Son, thou, his own Anointed One,
Thou dost ask him-can it be?-"Why hast thou forsaken Me?"

Lord, should fear and anguish roll darkly o'er my sinful soul,
Thou, who once wast thus bereft that thine own might ne'er be left,
Teach me by that bitter cry in the gloom to know thee nigh. Amen.

- John Ellerton, 1875

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