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We continued this week, exploring the honesty of inner turmoil and raw expression. In Psalm 22 we found a question, central to the human experience, and one that connected the Psalms with the center of the Christian tradition. Not only the "Why?", but all of the assumptions we brought to that question.
This week Andy Sistrunk led our discussion as we explored Psalm 22. We began this exploration by understanding the traditional author of this psalm, David. He begins by writing accusations against God and believes that God had forsaken David. Then, these accusations switch to praise. This pattern of accusing and then turning to praise is repeated throughout the introduction of this psalm, and it echoes the Israelites' struggles with God and faithfulness. They continually trusted in God, promised to follow Him, broke this promise, and repeated the cycle. We considered how these ups and downs are reflected in our own spiritual experiences in day-to-day life.
We then reflected on how this psalm was re-interpreted by the gospel writers to speak about Jesus' death and resurrection. We thought about the powerful link the gospel writers were creating by quoting passages from Psalm 22 and reapplying it to the life and death of Jesus.
David ends this psalm with praise despite his hardships. We reflected on how it is our perspectives on hardships in life that shape our reactions. In this psalm, King David chooses to be intimate and approachable by being honest with his anger. We considered how being honest with ourselves in our struggles is important to our mental and spiritual health.
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