This psalm is normally recited on Maundy Thursday while the altar is being stripped; it is a psalm of lament. However, in our verses today there is a strong sign of hope. We are given the hope of a better future. Our psalmist recalls a time of suffering, when despite his affliction, he was comforted by God who looked down on him in love, “he did not hide his face from me.” (verse 24)
It is true that all ends of the earth do and should remember our Lord, but there are times when God is forgotten. Then God raises up someone like Isaiah, or causes something to happen to remind us all of what Christ Jesus did for us. God asks each and every one of us to share this great news, this gospel, so others will not forget all that God has done for us through the suffering of Christ and his resurrection.
It is in this good news that we remember Christ Jesus.
Gracious God, we give you thanks for your Son, Jesus Christ. May he always be remembered throughout the world. Amen. — RW