Reading the Word
Psalm 22:9–18 (ESV)
9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. 10 On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help. 12 Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 17 I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Here we find the words of one who trusts in God, even in the midst of death. The passage describes one who is being executed by his enemies. His bones are out of joint, his hands and feet have been pierced, his strength has run out, and he is dehydrated. All the while, his enemies stand around and gloat over his demise. Yet, he says that he was trained to trust in his God from the very beginning and calls on God to be with him even at this time.
In Matthew 27:46, Jesus quotes from this psalm and applies it to his situation on the cross. John 19:24 also tells us that they divided Jesus’ garments in fulfillment of verse 18. John 19:28 and Luke 23:35 further connect the crucifixion of Christ to the fulfillment of this psalm. Jesus not only died for the sins of mankind, but he serves as the prime example of what faith in God looks like. He went to the cross and suffered all while trusting in the Father. May we reflect on Christ’s death as we read this psalm and praise him for our salvation, but let us also learn from the display of faith that we see in our Savior as he calls out in trust.
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