Feel Abandoned, Worship God Anyway
If God never did anything else for us, he would still deserve our continual praise for the rest of our life because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. God's Son died for us! This is the greatest reason for worship. Unfortunately, we forget the cruel details of the agonizing sacrifice God made on our behalf. The Son of God was stripped naked, beaten until almost unrecognizable, whipped, scorned and mocked, crowned with thorns, and spit on . Then He was forced to drag a heavy cross up a hill, was nailed to it, and was left to die the slow, excruciating torture of death by crucifixion while hecklers stood by and shouted insults, making fun of his pain and challenging his claim to be God. Next, as Jesus took all of mankind's sin and guilt on himself, God looked away from that ugly sight, and Jesus cried out in total desperation, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Jesus could have saved himself - but then he could not have saved us. Why did God allow and endure such evil mistreatment? Why? So we could be spared from eternity in hell, and so we could share in his glory forever! Never again should we wonder what we have to be thankful for.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV