Hope and Victory

Hope and Victory

February 27

Read: PSALM 22:23-31

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). Jesus recited these words on the cross. We know them well and often hear them spoken on Good Friday. Today’s verses come from the last part of Psalm 22. They call us to praise God for his triumph and his mercy toward all the peoples of the earth. This psalm encapsulates the whole story, starting in suffering and despair, ending in victory and praise.

Isn’t that the story of our lives? Suffering, both our own and that of the people we love, is real. Suffering hurts. But hasn’t it often led to joy and worship afterward? Jesus’s despair and death resulted in his resurrection and enthronement. His victory became ours.

In our darkest hours let us cling to this psalm and to all of Scripture. God brings new life out of our worst experiences.

All praise to you, Jesus our Victor and Savior. AMEN.

About the Author

Paul Shekleton / I have lived in Manchester for 34 years with my wife, Clara, whom I met in Spain in 1976. We joined Trinity Covenant Church shortly after moving into town and raised our three children here. We now have four grandchildren. We are retired; Clara was a phlebotomist, I a carpenter. I have served on church boards and committees and taught and facilitated classes and small groups all my adult life. We enjoy reading history and fiction in English, Spanish, and occasionally Catalan. Since retirement I have dabbled in writing short fiction.

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