Why Have You Forsaken Me?


Reading the Word

Psalm 22:1–8 (ESV)

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4 In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Understanding and Applying the Word

When we read this psalm, for those who are familiar with Scripture, it immediately takes us to the cross. The opening words are the words of our Savior as he hung on the cross and died for the sins of mankind. This psalm was written by David, but the psalm pointed forward to Jesus, who would be crucified many years later. Peter tells us in Acts 2:30-31 that David spoke as a prophet in these verses, foretelling the events of Calvary.

As we read these verses, we are reminded of the great price that was paid for our redemption. The Son of God suffered greatly for the very people who hung him on a cross to die. It was for sinners that he died. It was for me and you. May we praise him for our salvation and may we always be mindful of the great price that was paid to make it possible.

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