Do You See Him?

Published by Deborah Negron- Child of God – Able to see Him who Loved me

April 19, 2023

Do you see what I see?
Can you catch it here?
Can you hear the words of hope written so many moons ago?
Can you capture the great mystery and experience the truth?
Can you see it? Can you see it, come look with me.

The Psalm 88

“O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draws near to the grave. I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength, Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand. You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths. Your wrath lies heavy upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah, You have put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out; My eye wastes away because of affliction. Lord, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You. Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction? Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But to You I have cried out, O Lord, And in the morning my prayer comes before You. Lord, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me? I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught. Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off. They came around me all day long like water; They engulfed me altogether. Loved one and friend You have put far from me, And my acquaintances into darkness.”
Psalms 88:1‭-‬18

I see him. As I look through the pages and read on, I see him. The very Creator of the Universe is seen clearly in this psalm.
I see his humanity, both man and God were clearly defined here.

The lines that touched my heart this morning, most, were these…

This Psalm was written by the sons of Korah. Yet, in them I see the prophetic image of the Manger, the Cross and the Grave.
I see the fact, that he was born to die, for the sins of humanity.
I see, I see the pain of loneliness and the sorrow of being forsaken. I see the commitment, to the will of the Father here…

“You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out;”

His humanity, Jesus, the man was conflicted. His emptions were all of despair and feelings of being imprisoned in this commission to die on that cross. His acquaitnaces were afar off. The feelings of abandonement were real and severe.He stood alone in his day of trouble.
He is able to understand the feelings of depression and anxiety. He is able to have empathy and to comprehend the deepest sense of loss.

Then the victorious and the prophetic was written here. I see it clearly!

“Will You work wonders for the dead?
Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah
Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction? Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

The answer to all of these was Yes!!!
Yes!!! And again, Yes!

Jesus was raised from the grave. He went down to the pit of death and there witnessed of his power. He rose from the grave and was victorious on that day of Resurrection!

In the grave he performed the act of carrying all sin to it’s eternal demise. On that Cross, he became an abomination, he carried the shame and guilt of every man and woman that was ever in existence. Even for those who were crying out, Crucify him, he died.

Scripture tells us in Isaiah 53,

“He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:3‭, ‬5.

I see this Redeemer on that cross in the Psalm. I see his sorrow and his suffering clearly.
Yes, all of scripture from Genesis to Revelation tells the wondrous story. Chapter by chapter it points to the one who would come to save humanity from its self destruction.

Sin entered the world. But the plan of redemption was written long before….
It was etched with the love of the Father, the willingness of the Son and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

You and I can look at scripture in light of the aftermath of the Manger and the   Crucifixion and the Resurection of Jesus Christ.

The whole world changed as a result of this God – Servant.

Every story in the old testament leads us to the acknowledgement that man has evil within himself and is and was in need of a saviour.

The prophet Isaiah puts it this way,

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:6

When we read of his triumphant resurrection, we can look back and see this same Jesus, in every line.
Some how the word of God becomes alive and we can clearly see how, his love was present all along, yes all the time.

He is not a condemning angry God. He is not a God that wants total domination and power at his command.
He does not want to have us gain heaven by some deeds we. perform, and so, attained.
He wants our devotion to be, out of love.
For he gave himself for us. He poured out his love and gave us the forgiveness of sin through his only, Begotten Son.

God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Yes he did.

It was the Son who answered that question.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” And I said: “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

Then its completion and manifestation we can witness, in the four gospels.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
Mathew 1:18

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). Mathew 1:23

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Mathew 1:4-6.

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets: “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.” And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Mark 1:1‭-‬2‭, ‬7‭-‬11

Yes, that long awaited Messiah had come. The one whom Isaiah had prophesied about.

For God’s love was present always. Desiring to reconcile with humanity.

“For God so loved the world that he sent his only Begotten son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.”    S. John 3:16

The questions the Psalm writers, wrote,
“Will You work wonders for the dead?”

Yes, Jesus did work wonders with the dead. He called us while we were yet sinners. He brought us from death to life.

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience. All of us also lived among them at one time, fulfilling the cravings of our flesh and indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved!”  Ephesians 2:1-5

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Shall the dead arise and praise You?

Yes, the dead will arise and praise you!
We who were once dead and lost in our sin have been vilified by the power of Christ’s resurrection. We have been given newness of life and we can now cry Abba Father! We can tell if his goodness and praise his holy name.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
I Peter 1:3

“Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave?”
Yes, His lovingkindness was clearly spoken As he was being buried in the grave. Death had to come for our sins to be  destroyed forever.
His death was a clear indication of how much He loves us. How he was willing to go even un to death for our salvation. The grave of Jesus demonstrates God’s matchless love for all mankind. He took our punishment. So that we would have life.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

“Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?”
On that cross Jesus proved that All things work together for good…

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. For it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
Galatians 3:13

His death on Calvary’s hill meant our sin debt was covered. His destruction or demise was what he did to be able to condemn sin once and for all. And rise again to give us eternity and forgiveness.

What was a curse to many, that Roman Cross, for us has become a symbol of Freedom and Liberty and God’s Eternal Love.

Shall Your wonders be known in the dark?

Yes, his wonders came to this dark world and revealed the power of God for salvation.

– Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
S. John 8:12 –

Now we have been given this great hope and this new life and this freedom to share God’s light for all to come to know him.

“And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?”

In this land of forgetfulness, where men had forgotten the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I see the one who remembered his promise.
I see, the Lord does not forget his covenant.
In Abraham’s seed all the nations of the world are now blessed. For He sent His Only Son, to become sin for us. He sent the Christ to Redeem mankind. Not only the children of Jacob – Israel, but every nation and every tongue has been given access to the Blood of the Lamb of God. He is the sacrifice and offering God took to redeem us form our sin. Now we are free in Jesus.

Jesus, Yeshua, is the Christ. The long awaited Messiah. He is the Love of the Father Made Flesh for us.

So, I see God’s love in every line and every chapter and every book in God’s word.

I am humbled to know the Loving Creator of rhe universe would give us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand He has loved us from the start.

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
Jeremiah 31:3

I see this all in this Psalm 88.  It confirms other truths found throughout scripture.
I see redemption and the Power of God to come for us and Love us and Restore us to Himself.

Can you see this….
I pray this will be a blessing to many.
Yes, I See Him!

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