View from Dominus Flevit (The Lord Wept) Church - On the Mount of Olives
Jesus wept at Lazarus’ tomb (John 11:35). He also wept on Palm Sunday as he rode the donkey down the Mount of Olives and saw the temple spread out before him. The King had come to bring peace, but his peace was rejected. Read Luke 19:28-48. May the Spirit open our eyes to see our King and welcome him into our hearts.
Our readings from the psalms (read Psalms 38-41 here) are all prayers from a weeping King David. The closing words show the variety of emotions that can go through the heart of a believer. As you go through these emotions, know that you are not alone. Let us join David and turn to the LORD for help.
- “Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior” (Ps 38:22). Read Psalm 38 when guilt crushes you like a burden too heavy to bear.
- “Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more” (Ps 39:13). Read Psalm 39 when you feel like God seems unfair or seems a stranger to you. You are not the only one who has gone through theses time of spiritual drought. But note the middle verse in this psalm. So often that is the key thought. Even in this spiritual darkness, David cries out, “My hope is in you!” (Ps 39:7)
- “You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay” (Ps 40:17). Read Psalm 40 when you have come out on the other side of the “slimy pit” of despair as a humble psalm of praise.
- “In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever (Ps 41:12). Read Psalm 41 when you feel betrayed.
Note that these last two are Messianic Psalms.
- Psalm 40:6-8 is quoted in Hebrews 10:5-10. Jesus came to do the Father's will.
- Psalm 41:9 is a “typical prophecy” of the Savior. What happened to King David with the betrayal of Ahithophel is a type or picture of what happened to Jesus at Judas' betrayal.
As you read these last two psalms, hear the Savior's voice speaking through King David. Yes, we have a Savior who wept. We have a Savior who understands our pain and sorrow. We have a Savior who claimed the enormous weight of our sin and guilt as his own and carried it to the cross. In our guilt, in our pain, in our sorrow, we are not alone!
With the Lord Jesus walking with us, we can claim the doxology or song of praise at the end of Book 1 of Psalms as our own song of praise.
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.