1. Read vv.1-9; could the Psalmist’s situation could be any worse? Then read the verses again, and apply them to Jesus’ sufferings. Does that change the way we often think of God as being ‘far-off” when we suffer?
2. What is it about death which troubles the Psalmist most of all (vv.9-12)? How does believing in the Resurrection of Jesus change how we think about the finality of death, as well as the significance of our lives?
3. Vv.13-18 show a man in anguish. Reflect honestly on where life is painful to you. How do the Cross and the Empty Tomb both give you hope now, as well as steer you away from a shallow triumphalism?
A Prayer to Pray
Father, I have to cast my sorrows on You. Life is so complicated, and difficult. Forgive me when I want to from You deeper into my own darkness. Forgive me, too, when I sometimes want to pretend that life isn’t so hard. Keep my eyes fixed on Your Son, the Man of Sorrows, but also the Man of Love and the Lord of Hope. Amen.