Like the previous chapters, David cries out to God for aid. There are many takeaways from Psalm 22 but three things, in particular, are worth noting. First, notice how quickly David pivots from his despair in verses 1 and 2, to focus on God himself. Observe what he says about God in verses 3 through 5.
- God is holy and the one worthy of praise (v.3)
- The deliverer of Israel (v.4)
- The object of Israel’s trust (v.5)
Second, notice how David recalls what God has done for him.
- The Lord brought him to trust in himself (v.9)
- God has continued to be his God (v.10)
Third, notice how David concludes his Psalm by reflecting on how all the nations will eventually worship the Lord (v.28).
Brothers and sisters, when you experience pain, sorrow, or difficulty, follow David’s pattern. First, recall the character and attributes of God. Second, remember how God has recused you and continues to preserve you. Third, recall that he is the king of the universe.
Remember that the Lord is not far off and that Jesus experienced pain, sorrow, and grief. Do you recall Jesus’ familiar words in Matthew 27:46?
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Brothers and sisters, call out to him today, for he is near!
Our Lord and our God,
Thank you for rescuing us from our sin,
Jesus thank you for immensely suffering on our behalf,