Here we are starting week # 13, as we look into Psalm 22. I hope you will come along with us on a year-long journey through these 52 Key Chapters of the Bible.
Jesus Was Horribly Crucified for Us
The awful details of His sufferings on the cross are portrayed graphically in the 22nd Psalm, written by David over 1,000 years before its fulfillment.
As I point out the details in Psalm 22, you can put your finger in the Gospels starting in Matthew 27:46, as we see what God perfectly described through David, was happening to Christ over a thousand years later.
Look how Psalm 22 begins:
Psalm 22:1 My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
This predicted event in Psalm 22, is directly recorded as happening by the eyewitness account in Matthew 27:46.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Psalm 22 begins with Christ’s agonizing cry from the cross here in Matthew 27:46: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
God Gave Amazingly Precise Details
Then the Psalm continues to unfold as each of the previous dreadful events on the Cross are detailed, as Christ’s suffering is captured. Here is a summary of what Psalm 22 describes:
• The unnatural darkness;
• The mocking of the priests at the foot of the cross;
• The cruelty by those passing by on the road who looked up, jeered, and mocked;
• The fact that even the thieves, both of them, were mocking Christ as He hung there.
Then Psalm 22 also captures the sufferings caused by the crucifixion process. These are also recorded in precise details:
• The piercing of His hands and feet;
• The stripping of His garments, and the gambling over His possessions;
• His awful thirst, and despite the intensity of His sufferings, none of His bones would be broken, is foretold.
Psalm 22: Prayer & Praise
Psalm 22 has two parts. Verses 1-21 are a prayer, and verses 22-31 is praise. Taken against the events of this week we see Jesus praying from the Cross, and praising as he steps from the Tomb.
This Psalm is surely one of the most marvelous passages in all the Word of God. Each moment reflecting on these truths will richly repay our attention tonight as we gather, and remember What He Did as He died for us.
Prayers from the Darkest Hours
Psalm 22:2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; And in the night season, and am not silent.
Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
Jesus had cried loudly as He was being crushed in Gethsemane (Mt. 26:36-46) by the weight of the sin of the world slowly descending upon Him as He went towards the Cross. Now, Jesus cried in the deep darkness sent by God, as He turned away from His Son.
The next section in verses 3-8, is the first of three subsets of this prayer.
Each section is marked by what is translated in your Bibles as either the conjunction “but” (NKJV, KJV) or the conjunctive adverb “yet” (NIV, ESV, NAS). Those sections are:
• God is Enthroned in Heaven v. 3-8
• God is Guiding Each Event v. 9-18
• God is Always Near v. 19-21.