My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish? Psalm 22:1
These are the words Jesus cried out on the cross: And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark 15:34
Those standing around him knew what he was saying; others continued to mock (he’s crying out to Elijah). There was a separation between the Son and the Father for the first time ever. The sin of the world was placed on Jesus, and the Father had turned his back on the Son. Jesus did not cease to be the Son or a part of the Trinity but fellowship was broken.
King David probably had no idea what he was writing when he wrote this under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Yet, he too felt separation from God.
At times we feel this way, rejected and alone. In those times when we pray, our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling. It’s the seeking that matters, the crying out, the desperation for God that actually draws us near.
While we don’t know (nor could we ever) what it’s like to bear the weight of the world’s sins and be rejected by the Father, we do know that a loving Heavenly Father cares deeply for us when we cry out to Him.