Christmas is just around the corner, but in this Psalm we remember that Jesus was born to die.

BibleGateway: Psalm 22:1-11

ESV Text: Psalm 22:1-11

Psalm 22:1-11 (Listen)

Why Have You Forsaken Me?

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help. (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 22

     1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

     11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 143:
O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken — Organ Audio

1. O dearest Jesus, what law hast thou broken 
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? 
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, – 
What dark transgression? 

2. They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge
With cruel mockings to the cross they urge Thee; 
They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee; 
They crucify Thee. 

3. Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish? 
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish; 
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit, 
This I do merit. 

4. What punishment so strange is suffered yonder! 
The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander; 
The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him, 
Who would not know Him. 

5. The sinless Son of God must die in sadness; 
The sinful child of man may live in gladness; 
Man forfeited his life and is acquitted, – 
God is committed. 

6. There was no spot in me by sin untainted; 
Sick with sin’s poison, all my heart had fainted; 
My heavy guilt to hell had well-nigh brought me, 
Such woe it wrought me. 

7. O wondrous love, whose depth no heart hath sounded, 
That brought Thee here, by foes and thieves surrounded! 
All worldly pleasures, heedless, I was trying 
While Thou wert dying. 

8. O mighty King, no time can dim Thy glory! 
How shall I spread abroad Thy wondrous story? 
How shall I find some worthy gifts to proffer? 
What dare I offer? 

9. For vainly doth our human wisdom ponder, – 
Thy woes, Thy mercy, still transcend our wonder. 
Oh, how should I do aught that could delight Thee! 
Can I requite Thee? 

10. Yet unrequited, Lord, I would not leave Thee; 
I will renounce whate’er doth vex or grieve Thee 
And quench with thoughts of Thee and prayers most lowly 
All fires unholy. 

11. But since my strength will nevermore suffice me 
To crucify desires that still entice me, 
To all good deeds, oh, let Thy Spirit win me 
And reign within me! 

12. I’ll think upon Thy mercy without ceasing, 
That earth’s vain joys to me no more be pleasing; 
To do Thy will shall be my sole endeavor 
Henceforth forever. 

13. Whate’er of earthly good this life may grant me, 
I’ll risk for Thee; no shame, no cross, shall daunt me; 
I shall not fear what man can do to harm me 
Nor death alarm me. 

14. But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it; 
Yet, Lord, for love’s sake Thou wilt not disown it; 
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness 
Nor shame my weakness. 

15. And when, dear Lord, before Thy throne in heaven 
To me the crown of joy at last is given, 
Where sweetest hymns Thy saints forever raise Thee, 
I, too, shall praise Thee. 


On this Thanksgiving Day we are especially mindful of how the LORD has blessed us.

BibleGateway: Numbers 6:22-27

ESV Text: Numbers 6:22-27

Numbers 6:22-27 (Listen)

Aaron’s Blessing

22 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (ESV)

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 6

     22 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 36:
Now Thank We all Our God — Organ Audio

1. Now thank we all our God 
With heart and hands and voices, 
Who wondrous things hath done, 
In whom His world rejoices; 
Who from our mother’s arms 
Hath blessed us on our way 
With countless gifts of love, 
And still is ours today. 

2. Oh, may this bounteous God 
Through all our life be near us, 
With ever joyful hearts 
And blessed peace to cheer us; 
And keep us in His grace 
And guide us when perplexed 
And free us from all ills 
In this world and the next. 

3. All praise and thanks to God 
The Father now be given, 
The Son, and Him who reigns 
With them in highest heaven: 
The one eternal God, 
Whom earth and heaven adore! 
For thus it was, is now, 
And shall be evermore.