Malicious witnesses rise up; they ask me of things that I do not know.
I love reading my Bible in order. I never have to wonder, where should I read today? I read the next chapter.
What jumped out at me in Psalm 35 was David’s description of grief. His soul was bereft. He was bowed down in mourning. He uses the word “bowed” twice to describe grief so heavy he couldn’t hold up his head. As he prayed his head was bowed on his chest. His grief was as one who laments his mother!
Why do I find this so encouraging? I’ve known what it is to be bowed down in grief over my mother. I love that David describes grief as normal behavior. His soul lost something very precious that affected his body.
However, the context of David’s grief is not over his mother. His grief is over friends whom he loved, for which he laid down his life, who turned against him. He had grieved for them when they were in trouble as one who laments for his mother! Wow! That’s a friend. But they became his accusers. Accusing him of things he didn’t know. Good Grief!
This got me thinking about the Lord Jesus. He came to His own and those who were His own did not receive Him! Talk about grief! Listen to this:
In the days of His flesh,
Jesus was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He knew what it was to be falsely accused. It didn’t stop Him from setting His face as flint to do the will of God. To go to the cross to die for people who rejected Him.
I’m so thankful for a love like that! What a Savior! Today, if you grieve, look at Him! He has a way of changing mourning into dancing!
“Man of Sorrows,” what a name
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!