Psalm 22: 1-8…..A heartfelt cry for help.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15; 34)
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.
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.
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!
(Matt 27: 43)

Comment: Except to the established skeptic this is certainly a Messianic Psalm. I say that because several of the lines are those recorded in the gospels as words that Jesus called out to God the Father, and some are quoted as words that those taunting Him cried out in mockery. And yet in its primary sense as a psalm of David we hear the anguished cry of a person who has lost his/her usual peace and rest in God. In this case David is in the pits of despair.

Prayer: Help me Father to be honest with You.

One thought on “Psalm 22: 1-8…..A heartfelt cry for help.

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this Psalm. Yes, Jesus used the words of V.1 as He hung dying on the cross. When Jesus took on the sin of the world, His Father turned away from Him. We cannot imagine what that must have been like for Him. We can only thank Him for what He did for us when He died upon that cross. But He rose again, and God gave Him the Victory over death and sin. Praise God for a wonderful Saviour. God bless you.


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