"The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord!"

PSALM 21:26

We've arrived at Psalm 22, the source for some of Jesus' last words and one of the most moving anticipations of Jesus' suffering and triumph in the Old Testament.

The psalm has three sections of four stanzas each. The first section alternates twice between lament and retrospective, trusting praise. The second describes the psalmist's pain in great, evocative detail. The third arrives at a crescendo of hopeful, anticipatory, eschatological praise. These alternations give the psalm a comprehensive feeling: it gathers the past, present and future together; it gathers the whole range of human emotions; and it gathers all parts of human society, from the rich and the rulers to the afflicted and even the dead.

The psalmist saw that, somehow, out of his king's incredible suffering and abandonment, God would create a salvation that included rich and poor, near and far, living and dead. After entering the affliction of the afflicted, the king would draw those who suffer up into satisfaction and joy. It's a gospel psalm: another sweet proof that God's been at his plan to redeem the world much longer than we've known or seen, and that he can be counted on to bring all his promises to their conclusion. 

Read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this update

 

Wheatstone's requests and praises:

 

THE ACADEMY CAMPS

Sponsorship Campaign - We would still like to raise about $8000 in sponsorships for students with financial need before the end of enrollment season. Please pray that God provides everything we need to help students with financial need attend summer camp!

Summer Camp Registration - Pray that God would fill the camp with students and leaders who need its ministry, and tell your friends! Please pray specifically that God would send more Leaders to attend the Leaders Track

OFFICE

Peter and Lisa - We continue to run Wheatstone while understaffed. Pray for energy, health, and wisdom for the two full-timers as we work hard to stay faithful to our mission and fruitful in our goals.

Website Overhaul - Our current website is rapidly becoming obsolete due to old technology, and we're working to transfer to a new base of code.  Pray that we'd get the update done in time for summer camp!

Rebrand - As a side effect of the website change, we're tweaking our branding for better mobile compatibility and a clearer representation of our current structure. Pray that we'd be able to execute all the changes, even with our smaller staff.

CHRISTIAN ADULTHOOD TRAININGS

Christian Adulthood 101 - Pray that God would fill our first Public event for our newest Training, Christian Adulthood 101, with youth pastors and leaders who need to hear the message. We'd like to see 12-20 people at our June 10th event.

FINANCES

New 2017 Benefactors - We need to find additional benefactors this year in order to grow. Pray that God would bring a few friends along who want to make Christian adulthood ministry part of their legacy.

New 2017 Monthly Givers - Pray that God would bring a new community of friends to give a little bit to Wheatstone every month, forming a more secure foundation for Christian adulthood ministry.

 

This Week's Psalm
 

PSALM 22

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.
On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.

Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
    Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.

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