Devotion for Saturday after Lent 3

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. ~ Psalm 22:12-18

Psalm 22 is one of David’s prophetic psalms about Jesus. Just reading these words puts us at the feet of the cross, watching Jesus suffer and die—for us! He took the punishment we deserved so we can be forgiven and spend eternity in heaven with Him and the Father. He loves each one of us that much.

Almighty God, You could have saved Jesus from the cross, but You chose to sacrifice Your Son, and He chose to be the sacrifice for my sins. I can’t imagine such incredible love, yet I am so thankful for it. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I want to live my life for You. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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