Psalm 22:1-21

Published on Sunday, 03 September 2017 04:12
Psalm 22 is a prophecy first of the sufferings of Jesus on the cross and then of the great glory that followed and still continues. Verses 1-21 describe his sufferings and they give us an opportunity to reflect on them.

Think about why Jesus was abandoned on the cross: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest' (verses 1-2).

Consider how Jesus on the cross admired the faithfulness of the Father: 'Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame' (verses 3-5).

Remember how despised Jesus was when he was on the cross: 'But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; "He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!"' (verses 6-8).

Notice how Jesus relied always on his Father's help: 'Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help' (verses 9-11).

Jesus was attacked by the powerful religious leaders: 'Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion' (verses 12-13).

Jesus described his weakness, yet affirmed that his Father was still there in the darkness: 'I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death' (verses 14-16).

Jesus mentions what the Roman soldiers didto him: 'For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet - I can count all my bones - they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots' (verses 17-18).

The prayer of Jesus for divine deliverance was answered: But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid! Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog! Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!' (verses 19-21).

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