1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.
4 In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
5 They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:
8 “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.
19 But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.
23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him– may your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him– those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn- for he has done it.
As one reads and studies this psalm the main theme that should be considered in this psalm is the prophecy concerning the afflicted one. This is the afflicted one that the eunuch, the official in charge of all the treasury of the queen of the Ethiopians, asks Philip about in Act chapter eight. His question to Philip as he was reading Isaiah chapter fifty-three was if Isaiah was writing about himself or another. Philip then began with that very passage of Scripture and told the Ethiopian eunuch the good news about Jesus. I can see Philip also referring to Psalm 22 as he told the eunuch about Jesus. This psalm of David from the past points to the future coming of the afflicted one and the promises of his future kingdom. This chapter now points us to the past of the suffering one who ministry was recorded for us in the gospels. This psalm outlines the gospels for us. However, when reading this psalm, we must remember that there is still the later part that must still be fulfilled.
After losing a loved one the words of verse 26 “they who seek the LORD will praise him may your hearts live forever” and verse 29 “all who go down to the dust will kneel before him those who cannot keep themselves alive” bring extra comfort from reading this psalm. In a way the life that we live on this earth is also a life that seems to have a lot of things in common with this psalm as we walk in God’s ways. For we also have Satan as our enemy, and the key to winning our daily battles is not in our strength, but our faith in our Lord. As we study Ephesians six we see that our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. However, God has given us an armor to wear that we may stand against the evil one. This armor:
the belt of truth buckled around your waist
the breastplate of righteousness
the sandals of the gospel of peace which are fitted with the readiness to be presented to a world in need of the truth.
the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
the helmet of salvation
the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
- and a prayer life in the Spirit for the purpose of praying for all the saints
Therefore, as we walk on our journey through life we must realize that we must be Christ-like in our walk. And if we walk in this way, we will face some of the issues that David and Christ faced in his psalm. Remembering this one theme as we journey through life that Christ came to save sinners and give them eternal life. Eternal life is not depended upon how I lived my life on this earth, but on what Christ did on Calvary for all who believed on him. However, my walk should have one purpose in life and that is to be more Christ-like in everything I do. This is the type of walk that should bring the people who meet me to a greater understanding of this psalm and a deeper understanding of Christ. If this is not the purpose of my life, then I will become as one that at the time of my death my life would have been saved but will have my life’s works on this earth destroyed.
I Corinthians 3:10-15
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.
If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
This passage from I Corinthians helps us understand and even comfort us when those who knows Christ but does not live a life that is worthy of him dies. Our justification for our salvation rest in his works alone while the receiving of this justification from our sins in our faith in him alone. As I John 5:12 puts it best “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” Yes, their rewards will be lost, but they will be saved. What a wonderful God.
As I study David’s life I realize that God’s plan for us in much more deeper than we can imagine. In I Samuel 27 we are given a picture of David’s heart after his running from Saul for several years. In verse one we see a change in David’s desire for his future “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me any more in all the borders of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.” He was tired of running from Saul. The words found in verses one through eighteen this psalm could have set the stage for David’s decision found in I Samuel 27:1. But God did not have this in his plans for David. Read I Samuel 29:1-11 on how God intervene to keep David from fighting against Israel. It is amazing how God used David (the one who Samuel anointed king) to write about the events in his life that would point to the events and sufferings of the future Anointed One (Christ). It is also amazing how we can look at the events in David’s life to help us live a more Christ-like in our own lives. This is the principle that Paul puts forth for us to live by in Philippians chapter three.
As I study David’s life, I have a problem searching for events in his life where he made the wrong decision and because of that decision events happened that could have been prevent. I base this belief on I King 15:4 “because David did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” David was a man after God’s own heart, in other words his thoughts and actions where Godlike. David realized the sinful nature within himself, but he also realized that all men had this sinful nature. However, his knowledge went one step farther, and that he also knew the loving-kindness of the Lord and he reflected this in his actions to other. He also knew that wickedness and evil came from a rejection of God’s kindness and forgiveness (grace) just as wickedness and evil comes from the rejection of our kindness and forgiven to others. As I reflect upon the words of this Psalm, I can see how the life of David and Christ are reflective of the same type of scarifies that we must reflect in our life. They left judgment to God and made their duty to proclaim the righteousness of God to their brothers. This too is the life I must pursue.