Psalm 22:2-21

Yesterday, we established that Jesus was calling people’s attention to this psalm even as He drew strength from David’s words about Himself. The verses we will study today are a description of His physical and perceived condition. Tomorrow, we will see His true spiritual condition and position.

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[a]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[b]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

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 on 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 that tear 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 within me.
15 My mouth[c] 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 surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce[d] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me 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.

 

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.– Sometimes the answer to our question is, “No.” This is the portion of the psalm that best describes David–and us–when we are going through difficult times. We cry out like little children to God asking for deliverance even at the expense of whatever it is that the LORD is accomplishing in our lives. And it’s okay to cry out even as we TRUST Him in the circumstance, which is what David and Jesus did.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[b]
In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

In these three verses, we find the key to faith. As David and Jesus looked back on Israel’s history, they saw that God is on His throne, that He delivered His people out of bondage and brought them through to the promised land, and that God accomplished all that He set out to do through them. He did it for their ancestors and He will do it for them, too. David knew that he was to be king over Israel; he trusted God to bring that promise to fruition. Jesus knew that He was saving the world from the bonds of sin. He trusted His Father to bring that promise to fruition, as well.

But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”

In the words of Isaiah, “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Isaiah 53:3 Verse 7 is fulfilled in Matthew 27:39-40, and verse 8 is fulfilled in Matthew 27:41-43.

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 on 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.

 

David is speaking for Jesus at this point. David knows his own spiritual condition, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5. But Jesus’ birth was miraculous and He was full of the Spirit. Jesus knew that He had no one on which to rely except His Father. Their connection was the Spirit.

12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear 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 within me.
15 My mouth[c] 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 surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce[d] my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.

 

David gives a graphic description of the crucifixion. Verse 16 is fulfilled in the crucifixion itself (history gives us these facts), and is confirmed in John 20:25, 27, “But he (Thomas) said to them, ‘ Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ (27) Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.'” Verse 18 is fulfilled in John 19:23-24; John even quotes Psalm 22!

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me 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.

At this point, we are back to David as he states his faith and trust in the LORD to save him physically in order for him to fulfill the LORD’s purpose for his life. In Jesus’ case, He would have to go all the way to the grave to accomplish His mission. Yet, even then, these verses ring true, as we know full well by Christ’s resurrection!

We have seen four prophecies fulfilled in these verses. WOW! The statistics of these happening all at one time are nearly off the charts.

Tomorrow we look at the promises given in this Psalm and the comfort and encouragement our LORD must have drawn from them.

LORD Jesus, thank You for all you went through for us. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish you must have felt all because of me and my sin. I realize You died for us all, but I know that my sin is responsible for You having to go to such great lengths to save us. May I always see Your sacrifice when I am tempted to sin. If I can fix my eyes on You at that time, the temptation is put into perspective and I am able to remain strong until the moment passes. It is how I put 1 Corinthians 10:13 into practice. Thank You for loving me and giving me such practical handles. Coach me through life’s difficulties, LORD. I am trusting You. Amen.

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