Saturday, April 04, 2009

cast on God

At work when I can I've been meditating on Psalm 22 from which Jesus quotes on the cross in his sense of abandonment by God. It is wonderful to slowly work one's way through a passage, and specifically this passage, pondering as one goes along.

Yesterday, among other things, I seemed especially struck with this phrase: "From birth I was cast on you..." (note these two interesting renderings of this).

For the psalmist this began at birth. But it's ongoing through all of life for God's people. I believe it includes all of humanity, but we need the eyes of faith to see and believe it.

To be cast on God for us is ongoing; we never outgrow this need. I think we readily see our need of this through the inevitable troubles we face in life. Some of them are problems we're used to, and up to a point we think we can handle. Though we should learn that our every breath and action is to be done in dependence on God and interdependence on others, particulary others in God.

I think especially of those troubling times and trials which hit us. They can be personal attacks against us. Scripture is filled with examples of that; Psalm 22 is a good example. They can be fears that hit and beset us at times. Anger in reaction to perceived injustice that we know we need to keep in check and deal with, while appropriately acting on it, primarily if not solely through prayer. I'm just trying to think of examples here, in which we are reminded anew of how we need to be cast on God.

It's a blessing to be cast on God, but also a necessity in this life in following Jesus. As we learn to cast ourselves and our cares on God, then we will find God's help and consolations. But this is ongoing for us in Jesus in this life. Part of being weak in Jesus so that we can be strong by God's Spirit to live out God's will for us.

What would you like to add to this?

4 comments:

Lanny said...

In this case does the cast being used mean "throw", like casting down their golden crowns? Or does it mean to "form" like cast in a mold? Or is it to "tailor to"? Or would it even mean to be "discarded", like cast into the brush. Was David feeling that he was cast aside by the world and fell onto God instead, even from birth? He was the youngest you know. Parents are rarely giddy with the gazillionth child as they are with the first. So many casts to choose from, which is it in the original language?

Oh and by the way, totally into that whole dependent/interdependent thing.

nAncY said...

abide...this is the message i have gotten today, and it seems appropriate to mention it here... as it seems to relate to your post.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.


from john 15

Ted M. Gossard said...

Lanny,
On "these two" to be clicked on this post (maybe your computer doesn't show the difference in color in the letters as this one does, or maybe you just don't bother with all such clicks- and I don't always either), you run into this:

Psalm 22:10
New Living Translation (NLT)

10 I was thrust into your arms at my birth.
You have been my God from the moment I was born.

The Message (MSG)

9-11 And to think you were midwife at my birth,
setting me at my mother's breasts!
When I left the womb you cradled me;
since the moment of birth you've been my God.
Then you moved far away
and trouble moved in next door.
I need a neighbor.

So the idea is that right from the womb the arms that received us are God's. And my point in the post is that we continue to need God to hold us, that we continue need to be "cast on God."

Thanks for the questions.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy,
Yes, it really does relate well, for sure. And that abiding passage I've kept before me for some time, now. Thanks.