From Gethsemane to Glory

Crying in the Garden
Psalm 17 The Messiah’s Prayer

Lest I Forget Gethsemane

Lest I Forget Gethsemane

This is one of six “prayers” of David in the Psalms. The occasion of this prayer is when young David is serving the courts of  maniacal King Saul who is insanely jealous of him. David had been anointed King of Israel by Samuel and had slain Goliath while Saul and his warriors cowered before the giant and the Philistine army. David is innocent of wrongdoing. It was obvious to all that David was truly called of God and destined for greatness. Saul hated him because it meant his own demise. David however did not try to force God’s timing. He waited on the LORD to establish him on the throne and in doing so went through sore trials as he was tested and proven to be worthy of the honor to be given to him. Like his future Son, David suffered first before being elevated to the throne of Israel. “Not my will, but Your will be done.”

This psalm is Messianic in that no one other than the LORD Himself could say the things about himself to the Father as this Psalmist does and be completely truthful. Verse 3 especially brings this out. The righteous and innocent One is seen in this Psalm as He faces the dreadful enemy alone. In the Garden one can hear Jesus’ mournful and desperate prayer as he is faced with the “unthinkable,” the “unspeakable” path before Him. He who knew no sin was about to become sin for all mankind, so that individuals who believe in Him could become righteous before God in Him.

The Prayer divides into three parts, Hear Me (vs. 1-6), Hide Me (vs. 7-12), Help Me (vs.13-15).

On that desperate night before His death Jesus leads his disciples to that familiar place in the Garden of Gethsemane where He had prayed many times before. Leaving most of His disciples at a distance He takes His three closest, Peter, James and John, and goes a bit further. There he asks them to pray with Him as he goes another “stone’s throw” to be alone with the Father. Falling on His face he is very heavy of heart, even terrified of what lies before Him. The prayer begins with a plea to Jehovah for help. The LORD (Jehovah) is the covenant keeping Savior. He has promised to save! He is able to save. The prayer is a plea for God to hear his righteous cause, because God is just. The cry is of one who is in deep distress. It is a pitiful, mournful cry. The picture drawn is that the sound would cause the LORD to “prick up His ears” and “put His hand to his ear” as He ascertains this desperate cry for help from innocent lips and thus come to his aid.

The Petitioner is confident that the LORD would make a right judgment as He looks with equity upon his cause. The Lord has tried his heart and visited him even in the shadows of the night where no one can see and found nothing to accuse him of. Not even his words could be held against him. Only the Lord Jesus could say such a thing! Search me, try me and see if there is any wicked way in me. There was none.

His heart has been through the Refiner’s fire and is purified. Trials and troubles are for this very thing. Fiery trials refine the life of the one who will submit to them. Like gold in the refiner’s fire melts so that the dross can float to the top and be skimmed off, so trials expose weaknesses and sin, so that they can be confessed and cleansed.  Once gold is refined it is then sent to the assayer to determine how pure it is. It again is put through the fire to determine its purity. So too the saint’s faith must be proved to determine its quality. Jesus was tried and proven to be pure. He was “made perfect” through suffering and became “the source of eternal life” for all who would believe in Him.

The deeds of men could not dissuade Jesus from following the “Words of Your Lips.” God’s breathed-out Word kept him off the road of the Destroyer, because he obeyed it. The Words of the Bible will keep us off the broad road of destruction and on the straight and narrow road leading to life if we will listen and obey. Jesus did not wander off God’s path or slip as he walked in His steps . Because of this He could say in verse 6 “I have called and you will answer me. You have turned your ear to me and heard my speech.” Jesus was confident of God hearing his prayer. And the Word of God declares His prayer was answered because of His “piety” (Hebrews 5:7). We can be confident of answered prayer too as we walk in His way, which is according to His Word.

Now in Verses 7 the prayer moves from “Hear Me” to “Hide Me” as the petitioner has to wait on the Lord to do His work in His way and in His time. This is the hard part for all followers of God. It takes time and hard times to be qualified for God’s service. Jesus was tempted in all things as we are yet He did not sin. He tasted death for every man so as to be qualified to be the Mediator between God and man. He “offered up prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard, but He still died! God did not deliver Him from death, but through death. He was qualified to be the believer’s faithful and sympathetic High Priest because of His obedience. (Hebrews 5:7-10) This is the “lovingkindness” of God our “Savior” to those who “take refuge at Your right hand.” God is able! He is strong. In His mercy He is able to deliver through trials those who hide in Him from the enemy. The devil is powerful but God is All-Powerful! Hide in Him!

Jesus was confident of finding safety under the wings of His Savior because He was the “apple of His eye.” These are very affectionate terms. God the Father loves God the Son. In His Son God is “well-pleased.” The Son knows the Father’s love and would cry out “Abba” Daddy! in His hour of trial (Mark 14:36). The “wicked one” desires to ‘waste” the righteous. He is a cold hearted and arrogant enemy who surrounds the righteous one. The wicked one speaks arrogantly at the cross and in the future he will “boast great things” and raise himself up as God in the throne room of God. As Saul desired to hold onto the throne of God, the evil one will seek to hold on to the kingdom of this world. He desired to “cast down” the Savior as He died on the cross of Calvary, but God heard His cry above the roar of the lion lying in wait and seeking to devour him and cast him down to the ground (vs.11,12). Like our Savior we can find “shelter” in the LORD and hide from the one who is seeking to kill us, destroy us and steal our reward.

So David’s future Son continued to cry out “HELP ME” to Jehovah, asking Him to “rise up” and “confront” the enemy and “bring him low.” “Use your sword Lord and let my soul slip out of the hands of the wicked one” (vs 13)! “Deliver me with Your hands from those who are satisfied in this fleeting moment of time who put all their hope in this life (vs.14)!”

Jesus looked past Gethsemane and Golgotha to Glory. Unlike people who are satisfied with this life and have no view of eternity Jesus had His eyes on the face of God. He calls all who believe in Him to do the same (1 John 3:1-3). “If you do not hate your father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even your own life, you can not be My disciple.” We can hear Jesus in the Garden of Despair saying with Job, “even though You slay me, yet will I worship You!” “I am satisfied with knowing that I will wake from death in Your likeness.” Jesus found strength in the resurrection, the prize of the upward call of God. He knew that God would deliver Him! Glory followed Gethsemane and Golgotha.

Early in the morning of that fateful day, Jesus got up and faced the unflinching enemy of man’s soul and His Throne. The Lion lurking in the shadows sprang upon his prey and sank his teeth deep into the flesh of the Son of Man. Humiliating Jesus before the world, he drained the life-blood from Him thinking he had finally defeated the ONE, only to discover that this very precious Blood, the blood of God, was the very atonement God required to deliver all who call upon the Name of His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ the LORD.

Jesus cried out to God and He was heard and God hid Him and helped Him to face the terrible death of the cross so that we who cry out to Him in faith would be saved from the penalty, power and, someday, the very presence of sin.

Now this is a prayer to pray and praise the Lord about!

NEW YEAR’S PRAYER

Prayer imageThank  you Lord for another year in this life so you can prove me and and improve me.

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are the ONE and only Triune God, Maker of the heaven and earth , salvation of all and sustainer of all. Your eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ is my comfort and source of my strength.

Lord, today, I confess my failure to resist the world, my flesh and the devil himself. I acknowledge with shame my not believing your Word, which is faithful and true. I acknowledge my failure to depend upon your Holy Spirit, whom you gave me when you saved me. Your Spirit, who is in me, I have grieved and quenched! Forgive me.

Lord Jesus, I have denied your cross where you were crucified and where I was crucified with you! Where the power of sin was broken in me. Where the old man was slain! Yet Lord, I have continually raised him up and put him on! Lord, forgive me!

Lord Jesus, I have trampled your precious blood by the many sins I have willfully committed. Lord, it is by your precious blood that I have been forgiven before God! Lord, forgive me! Lord I confess all of this before  you.

Lord, it is by your grace and mercy I have been saved from my sin. You have promised to forgive me when I confess my sin. You have promised to cleanse me from the defilement of my sin and the sin done to me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for cleansing my heart and mind. It is with confidence in your work, Lord Jesus, that I can come into the presence of God with my prayers. I have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus the Christ and freed by His broken body. YOU, Lord Jesus, are my advocate before the Father. You, Lord Jesus, are the Great High Priest. You have made me a fellow priest with You. Thank you.

Lord Jesus, my Great High Priest, I come to  you for grace not to sin! and for mercy when I do sin. LORD, it is only by your enabling power that I can be qualified to serve in your priesthood and represent you here on this earth.

Lord, as I draw near to you with a sincere heart, full of faith in your shed blood and broken body, I hold fast my confession that YOU, LORD Jesus, are my hope for eternal glory. By your enabling power I strive toward that upward call, that eternal prize of sharing your glory in your Kingdom here on earth, on that Day, when You return in power and great glory. Lord, I strive to be faithful to you in all things.

May I be a continual encouragement to my fellow brothers and sisters to do the same and be a blessing to them so they too can reach that same goal through love and good works. Lord, I strive to be faithful to your assembly, your Church, your Body here on earth until you come to establish your Kingdom here upon this earth. Lord, help me to remember that your Kingdom is not yet, but it is for sure! It is just as sure as your first coming in humility, so your second coming in great power and glory is sure! I am storing up treasures for the glorious Kingdom yet to come, not a worldly kingdom today. May I be humble now so that I may share your glory then!

My desire is to be glorified together with you to the praise of your glory. I want to hear you say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” But Lord, I can only be good and faithful by your enabling power. I strive to walk by faith in you, that is, in your Word, so that your grace may abound in me and to me, O Lord My God.

Thank you for the gift of eternal life! Thank you for the challenge of the prize of sharing your glory in your coming Kingdom!

Lord Jesus, I consider everything to be worthless in view of the surpassing greatness of knowing you and being counted worthy to partake of your glory in your Kingdom. What GRACE! What Honor! Lord Jesus, thank you!

When you return I want to be standing in your righteousness  alone. I do not want to be ashamed in my own righteousness, which is as filthy rags! Today and always, may I know the power of  your resurrection life in me. May I learn to suffer against the world, the flesh and the devil and be conformed in my life to your life and death when you suffered against temptation and for my sin while upon the earth, so that I may walk in this new way of life today.

Lord, by faith I press on to lay hold of your eternal glory for your glory! It is your desire to glorify me together with you. This is my desire too. But I need your grace, your power, working in me.

This is my prayer for 2015 and the rest of my life until I see you face to face.
Maranatha! Come soon Lord Jesus.
Amen

NEW YEAR'S PRAYER

Prayer imageThank  you Lord for another year in this life so you can prove me and and improve me.

Thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are the ONE and only Triune God, Maker of the heaven and earth , salvation of all and sustainer of all. Your eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ is my comfort and source of my strength.

Lord, today, I confess my failure to resist the world, my flesh and the devil himself. I acknowledge with shame my not believing your Word, which is faithful and true. I acknowledge my failure to depend upon your Holy Spirit, whom you gave me when you saved me. Your Spirit, who is in me, I have grieved and quenched! Forgive me.

Lord Jesus, I have denied your cross where you were crucified and where I was crucified with you! Where the power of sin was broken in me. Where the old man was slain! Yet Lord, I have continually raised him up and put him on! Lord, forgive me!

Lord Jesus, I have trampled your precious blood by the many sins I have willfully committed. Lord, it is by your precious blood that I have been forgiven before God! Lord, forgive me! Lord I confess all of this before  you.

Lord, it is by your grace and mercy I have been saved from my sin. You have promised to forgive me when I confess my sin. You have promised to cleanse me from the defilement of my sin and the sin done to me. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for cleansing my heart and mind. It is with confidence in your work, Lord Jesus, that I can come into the presence of God with my prayers. I have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus the Christ and freed by His broken body. YOU, Lord Jesus, are my advocate before the Father. You, Lord Jesus, are the Great High Priest. You have made me a fellow priest with You. Thank you.

Lord Jesus, my Great High Priest, I come to  you for grace not to sin! and for mercy when I do sin. LORD, it is only by your enabling power that I can be qualified to serve in your priesthood and represent you here on this earth.

Lord, as I draw near to you with a sincere heart, full of faith in your shed blood and broken body, I hold fast my confession that YOU, LORD Jesus, are my hope for eternal glory. By your enabling power I strive toward that upward call, that eternal prize of sharing your glory in your Kingdom here on earth, on that Day, when You return in power and great glory. Lord, I strive to be faithful to you in all things.

May I be a continual encouragement to my fellow brothers and sisters to do the same and be a blessing to them so they too can reach that same goal through love and good works. Lord, I strive to be faithful to your assembly, your Church, your Body here on earth until you come to establish your Kingdom here upon this earth. Lord, help me to remember that your Kingdom is not yet, but it is for sure! It is just as sure as your first coming in humility, so your second coming in great power and glory is sure! I am storing up treasures for the glorious Kingdom yet to come, not a worldly kingdom today. May I be humble now so that I may share your glory then!

My desire is to be glorified together with you to the praise of your glory. I want to hear you say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” But Lord, I can only be good and faithful by your enabling power. I strive to walk by faith in you, that is, in your Word, so that your grace may abound in me and to me, O Lord My God.

Thank you for the gift of eternal life! Thank you for the challenge of the prize of sharing your glory in your coming Kingdom!

Lord Jesus, I consider everything to be worthless in view of the surpassing greatness of knowing you and being counted worthy to partake of your glory in your Kingdom. What GRACE! What Honor! Lord Jesus, thank you!

When you return I want to be standing in your righteousness  alone. I do not want to be ashamed in my own righteousness, which is as filthy rags! Today and always, may I know the power of  your resurrection life in me. May I learn to suffer against the world, the flesh and the devil and be conformed in my life to your life and death when you suffered against temptation and for my sin while upon the earth, so that I may walk in this new way of life today.

Lord, by faith I press on to lay hold of your eternal glory for your glory! It is your desire to glorify me together with you. This is my desire too. But I need your grace, your power, working in me.

This is my prayer for 2015 and the rest of my life until I see you face to face.
Maranatha! Come soon Lord Jesus.
Amen

A PRAYER – Psalm 51:12

Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Dear Lord Jesus, knowing you is personal yet it is not a private affair. I may come before you alone, but I cannot remain alone. As soon as I bring my longings and needs before you, you enlarge my heart and expand my gaze to see the faces and hear the cries of others. Such is the way of the gospel.

Your words to Peter in John 21 echo in the chambers of my meditation. “Do you love me? Then feed and care for my lambs.” When you feed any one of us, it’s always for the benefit of all of us.

Thus, as I cry out today for a fresh gospel renewal in my own heart, I ask the same for my family members, friends, and colleagues. Everybody is hungry and everybody needs bread. Every one of us is like King David, with stories of failure and fear, brokenness and weakness, heartache and heart need. The details of our stories differ, but each of us needs you just as much as the other.

Lord Jesus, for your glory and the re-invigoration of our hearts, please restore to us the joy of your salvation. It’s your salvation, because we could never save ourselves. Like Jonah, we humbly cry from within our own hard places, “Salvation comes from the LORD” (Jon. 2:9). Bring us back to the joyful, childlike love we had for you at first, Jesus (Rev. 2:4)—a love totally generated in response to the undeserved, unparalleled, unwavering love you have for us (1 John 4:19).

For your joy is our strength, Lord Jesus—strength for repenting, strength for obeying, strength for hoping, strength for serving others, and above all, strength for adoring you, for you alone are worthy of our hearts’ attention, affection, and allegiance.

The only sacrifice we cling to is yours, Lord Jesus. Only your cross—only the gospel enables us to offer up a contrite heart free of all condemnation, and a broken spirit free of all self-contempt. Thank you for freeing us. Thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit. Grant us humility and hope. Bring much glory to yourself as you bring fresh mercies to your Brethren.

Dear Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see more of your beauty and nearness today, Open my ears so that I might hear you calling me today to love and serve you and others. Open my mouth that I might offer you the worship and adoration of which you are so worthy. I cry out to you, O Lord, with a heart full of anticipation.

Hallelujah, what a salvation! Hallelujah, what a Savior! Amen!

I pray, in the Name that is above all names. Yours, LORD Jesus.

(Anonymous)