Here’s my devotional thought from one of the verses I considered, pulled from one of today’s portions of the R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Schedule.
“I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.” —Psalm 39:2
The Holy of holies of the Hebrew scriptures, Isaiah 53, speaks of God’s Messiah as His suffering Servant, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isa 53:3).
Yet, what did it really mean for Jesus, our Lord, to be the “Man of sorrows, and well acquainted with grief”? Although we might much acknowledge the sorrow and grief of the Master as declared in scripture, have we truly given time over to meditate on what the only perfect Man was troubled by, sorrowed over and grieved about? David’s psalm presents one of the great pictures of the thoughts of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, in the last hours of his life upon earth, especially as it deals with the sorrows of His soul.
The Lord Jesus remained silent when He was arrested and stood accused before the high priest (Matt 26:63). He held His “peace, even from good;” He did not defend Himself “while evil was before [Him]” (Psa 39:1), in the form of conspirators (Matt 12:14) and false witnesses (Matt 26:60).
Christ’s way was the cross, so for Him to speak in His defense and for His vindication would have been sinful. He must, by God’s eternal decree, stand as the guilty one, though He was innocent of all wrong; therefore, Jesus said within His soul, “I will take heed to My ways, that I sin not with My tongue” (Psa 39:1).
While the Lord’s heart burned with passion for souls, He thought of His Father’s will above all, even while Simon Peter warmed himself at a fire (Psa 39:3a; Jn 18:18). When the high priest finally adjured Jesus “by the living God” (Matt 26:63), the Messiah spoke (Psa 39:3b).
When He did finally speak of His glory (Matt 26:64), the high priest tore his garments and condemned God’s Messiah of blasphemy (Matt 26:65), and Jesus of Nazareth was made to ponder His “end, and the measure of [His] days,” and although He is, was, and ever more shall be eternal God, He considered the frailty of His humanity and His “days as a handbreadth” (Psa 39:4-5a).
As knowledgeable of the scriptures the scribes, Pharisees, and high priest may have been, and despite Adam’s being created perfect and placed in the middle of Eden, “verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Psa 39:5b) and, apart from the grace of God through faith in His Messiah, “every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them” (Psa 39:6).
The time had come for Jesus to go to the cross: not ahead of His heavenly Father’s perfect schedule, neither behind (Psa 39:7)…
…so Jesus Christ, as eternal and sinless Messiah, continued in perfect sinlessness when He accepted His people’s transgressions as His own, seeking deliverance only by the God’s holy Word,,, and by the Father’s glorious vindication (Psa 39:8).
And again, before Pontius Pilate, Jesus said nothing because this was God’s plan (Psa 39:9; Mk 15:5), and it was for this purpose Jesus came into the world (Jn 18:37).
Upon the cross, Jesus sought no deliverance from His sufferings except by the hands of His heavenly Father (Psa 39:10; Lk 23:46).
Sin consumes man, to make him melt away (Psa 39:11); so Christ Jesus, in our stead, received God’s correction for the sins of His people; moreover, what was most precious to Christ— sweet and intimate fellowship with His heavenly Father— was consumed in Him like a moth lighting upon an open flame: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46; Psa 22:1).
Consumed in soul, desolate of deep communion with God the Father, and utterly dry of the refreshment which comes only from the living water of the Spirit’s intimate abiding, as perfect Man, the Messiah prayed a deep prayer in His heart (Psa 39:12-13), yet uttered it simply from His mouth, and said, “I thirst” (Jn 19:28).
Ponder My plight, Christ says to us,
From scripture deep and wide;
Vast and glorious are God’s ways
In Jesus crucified.
Every truth of God’s Messiah
Stirs our souls to treasure
Who Jesus is and what He’s done
In joy without measure.
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4/28 Reading Portions: Num 5; Psa 39; Song 3; Heb 3
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