Psalm 22

Psalm 22:1-3

To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

[2] O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,

and by night, but I find no rest.

[3] Yet you are holy,

enthroned on the praises of Israel.

The most obviously prophetic Psalm in all the Psalter. Jesus cries the words of the this Psalm from the cross and there are obvious references to His death throughout the Psalm. Yet we should not forget that David was not merely prophesying about Christ on the cross. He was writing out of his own experience. There were people who were trying to kill David and he feels like God has abandoned him. God has not.

We would do well to remember also that the feelings he is expressing here were more true for Jesus than they were for him when he wrote the Psalm.

David felt abandoned by God. Jesus was abandoned by God.

David felt the absence of God’s care and intervention. Jesus experienced the absence of God’s care and intervention.

David believed that the trouble he was going through was not because of any wrong that he had done. Jesus knew that He had never done anything wrong His entire life.

David knew that if he got what he deserved from God he would have much more trouble than whatever it was that caused him to write this Psalm. Jesus knew that if He got what He deserved then He would never have been placed in such a horrifying position.

David knew that if he called on God then God would hear him and do something to help him. Jesus knew that when He called out to God, God would ignore Him and let Him suffer more in three hours than anyone else has ever suffered in a life time.

David would have avoided this calamity if he could have. Jesus and His Father orchestrated events to make sure that His suffering became a reality.

David hoped that this wouldn’t kill him. Jesus knew that this would kill Him and wanted to make sure that it did.

But there are comparisons of agreement as well as difference in the sufferings of Jesus and David.

David knew and hoped that this episode in his life would produce something good that would bring glory to God (Verses 25-31). Jesus knew that His voluntary act on the cross would result in a vast numberless multitude glorifying God forever.

David knew that if this killed him God would take him to glory and all would be well. Jesus knew that this would kill Him and that God would take Him to glory and He Himself would make all things well, forever.

David knew that God is incomprehensible and that in some truth not revealed to him good would come out of this. Jesus knew that the secret councils of the Almighty were being accomplished and that this was the thing that would guarantee the final defeat of evil.

David may have hoped that others would see his poem or his experiences and remember how he suffered. Jesus knew that His Father would send the Holy Spirit to the world and cause people to know about the cross and all it stood for and worship God forever.

David knew that even this crisis was temporary and that one day he would be living in peace and safety again. Jesus looked to the joy that was before Him and endured His cross.

What a marvel the Word of God is. What a work the cross of Christ is. The whole Bible tells us of the work of Christ to save His people from their sins. Christians read this and are struck with awe at what God has done for them. Non-believers read or hear the Word and are convinced of their need for Christ. Thank you Lord for weaving this account for us.

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