Psalm 22 is a beautiful and heart-wrenching psalm that depicted the suffering of Jesus on the cross 1,000 years before it happened. With Jesus’ words, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Jesus pointed us to this incredible description of His suffering depicted in this psalm. Join us as Robert goes through this powerful passage.

ROBERT >> Have you ever wanted to see into the heart of Jesus? Well, Psalm 22, written a thousand years before Christ ever came to the earth, comes from the heart of Jesus. There we see his feelings, his thoughts, his words, his sufferings, and his faith. I hope you’ll stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

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ROBERT >> Psalm 22 is one of my favorite chapters of the Bible because it comes from one of my favorite books of the Bible. The Psalms always speak to my heart. They’re piercing, they’re convicting, they move me towards God, they help me to know him better every time I read them. And this Psalm, Psalm 22, brings us right into the heart of Jesus. It enables us to enter into the very heart of Jesus, his thoughts, his feelings, his sufferings, his faith. So I want you to notice with me first of all in verses 1 through 5 how it begins with these very familiar words: My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?

Many of you will recognize these as the very words of Jesus spoken while hanging from the cross. We read them in Matthew 27:46, where the Bible says, “Eli,Eli, lama sabachthani, which is translated, My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Jesus knew the answer to that question; but by quoting those words from Psalm 22, Jesus was calling attention to the fact that he was the long-awaited Messiah, the Christ, the Lord and the Savior who would come to deliver his people. God allowed him that day, Jesus, to suffer and to die because of his love for us.

In John 3:16 the Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

And I want you to see how John puts it later in his epistle, 1 John 4:9-10. He tells us what love really is and how God demonstrated that love toward us in his son, Jesus Christ.

In 1 John 4:9 the Bible says, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Yes, you see, it was out of God’s great love for us that he let his son come and to die for us, to be the propitiation, that atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Romans puts it this way in chapter 5 and verse 8: “God demonstrates His love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Oh, what love. That’s what we see at the cross. And that’s what Jesus was trying to call attention to that day when he said, My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?

But as you read on in the Psalm, you’ll see that Jesus goes on asking why and pointing out the irresponsiveness of God to his pleadings.

Here in Psalm 22 as we read on in verse 1 it says, “Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent. Where are you, God? Why are you not responding? And yet, though he’s asking God why, he never questions God’s faithfulness. Instead, he actually acknowledges the holiness and the trustworthiness of God.”

Read with me verses 3 through 5. “But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them. They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.”

And so you see here
even though Jesus had these questions of God, still he trusted in the Lord. He never lost his faith in God. God had proved himself in the past, and Jesus knew that he would prove himself in the present. But now I also want you to go on in the Psalm and look with me at Jesus’ mistreatment and sufferings.

Beginning in verse 6 the Bible says,” But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him.”

Do you see how Jesus describes how he was treated by the people?

He was not treated like a human being, but like a worm. He was reproached, despised, ridiculed, and mocked. And remember that this detailed description, even quoting verbatim the words of his enemies at the cross, He trusts in God, let God rescue him, you read about that in Matthew 27:43.

Remember, all of this was given here in Psalm 22, a thousand years before it ever happened, an amazing evidence of the inspiration of the Bible. Through all of this, Jesus’ trust was focused in his heavenly Father. As Wayne Jackson put it in an article about this Psalm, A confidence instilled in him by his mother from the day she tenderly cradled him on her breast: What a tribute to the sweet maiden from Nazareth.

What’s he talking about?

He’s talking about the words in verses 9 through 10 where it says, “But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother’s womb You have been My God. Be not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help.”

You see, Jesus here remembers that God has been faithful to him, that he was blessed. And even while his mother was tenderly holding him against her breast, he came to learn trust in God. And Jesus continued then to pour out his heart to God, further describing his sufferings on the cross, that trouble that was near, that trouble was coming, that there was none to help. And we begin to see an idea of just how terrible and just how frightening this all was to Christ.

Hesays, Many bulls have surrounded Me; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. They gape at Me with their mouths, like a raging and roaring lion. It was like having powerful, ferocious beasts attacking you from every side, and no one to help. Jesus was physically and emotionally broken. He was exhausted to the point at which he was going to die.

Look how he describes it in verse 14 and 15. “I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it is melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.”

I remember from the cross when he cried in John 19:28 these simple words, I thirst. Yes, it was terrible, it was frightening, he was exhausted, he suffered emotionally, he suffered physically. And in verse 16 he describes those enemies as wild, vicious dogs closing in on him to tear him apart. Look what it says. For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. And then it’s right here that he indicates the form of his execution, crucifixion. They pierced My hands and My feet. There’s another proof of the inspiration of God in revealing these details hundreds of years before crucifixion had ever been used by anyone.

In verse 17 it says, “I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. We’re reminded of what a spectacle this was.”

Just as Luke records in chapter 23 verse 35, “the people stood looking on.”

And in verse
18, look how the cruel, cold-hearted Roman soldiers who gathered at the foot of the cross unknowingly fulfilled another prophecy of Christ concerning his death. Here it is, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. That’s exactly what happened that day when Jesus was crucified” according to Matthew 27:35.

Andso we see the cry of Jesus, and we see his suffering; but we also see his faith in God. We see how that he looks to him for help. And it’s right here that we find Jesus’ final plea before his death, in verses 19 through 21. “But you, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My strength, hasten to help Me! Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. Save Me from the lion’s mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen.”

Jesus knew that there was still one who was nearby to whom he could turn for deliverance. I’m reminded of those last words of Jesus from the cross when he said, “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit,” Luke 23:46.

Jesus had such confidence in God that he pronounced God’s answer to his prayer for deliverance before it ever took place. He answered me, it says. It would be three more days before God would answer his prayer for deliverance by raising him from the dead to live for evermore, having ascended into heaven, to sit at God’s right hand until he’d make his enemies the footstool of his feet. But right here he said, He answered me. That was his faith at the cross.

Now, a dramatic change take place in the Psalm right here, because you see, God’s answer changes everything. And we see the Psalm go from despair and rejection and suffering and death to praise and favor and blessing and life.

Here in verse 22, “I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will praise You.”That’s quoted in Hebrews 2:12, and it’s applied to God, to how God is glorified through Jesus Christ in the church, that Jesus is now alive, that he’s lifting up the name of God in praise among his people, that he’s calling them to do the same thing.

You see verse 23? “You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and fear Him, all you offspring of Israel.”

Why?

Why praise God?

Why bow before him and revere him? Because God cares. Because God hears. Because he blesses us with all we need. Because he gives us abundant and eternal life through Jesus Christ. Just as surely as he heard Jesus that day, just as surely as he raised him from the grave, so he can bless our life.

In verses 24 through 26 he says, “He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden His face from Him; but when He cried to Him, He heard. My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I’ll pay My vows before those who fear Him. The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!”

Yes, God is able to bless us abundantly through that one, Jesus Christ who died for us, who rose again. And you know, people all over the world respond to this good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Look at verse 27. “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations. All over the world, people of all kinds, they’ll remember, and they’ll turn, and they’ll worship him as king of kings and lord of lords. Even the wealthy and even the great of the earth will partake of God’s blessings in his kingdom and worship him. The dying will bow before him, even those who would be faithful in the very face of death to Jesus Christ.”

It says in verse 29,”All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and
worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.”

But it doesn’t stop with that generation. You see, each generation continues to pass on to the next generation the story of what God has done through Jesus Christ.

In verse 30 and 31, the last two verses of this chapter, we read, “A posterity shall serve Him.”

It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, they’ll come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this. He has done this. This last phrase of the Psalm may be translated, it’s finished, it’s done, it’s completed. And do you remember in giving his life on the cross for the sins of the world, Jesus said, “It is finished,” John 19:30?

He was saying our debt was paid in full. “We’re redeemed by the blood of Christ. He paid the price for our sins,” 1 Peter 1:18-19.

You see, we all sin, and we’re separated from the holy God, the righteous God because of our sins.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.

And the only thing, the only thing that could pay for our sins was the death of a perfect human being. No, I could not die for you, and you could not die for me; and so Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. This meant that he had to leave heaven, he had to become one of us.

“And having been tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin,” according to Hebrews 4:15,

he could then offer his perfect life as a sacrifice for our sins.

Isaiah spoke of this long ago in Isaiah 53:5-6. And I want to read this to you from the scriptures today, and I want you to see how that, yes, there on the cross, Jesus became our substitute. He took our place. He did not die because of anything he had done, but because of what we had done.

It says here in Isaiah 53 beginning in verse 5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Yes, Isaiah said long ago that God was going to provide a substitute for us who would pay the price for our sins. And that’s what Jesus did for us at the cross.

You see, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. Because of our sins, we were separated from God, but that’s not the way God wants it. He wants us to be reconciled, brought back to him. And that’s what he was doing in the cross of Christ.”

In verse 21 of 2 Corinthians chapter 5, Paul says, “Him who knew no sin, that is, Jesus Christ, was made to be sin for us, that is, our sin offering, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, that is, made right with God through Jesus Christ.”

Paul puts it this way in Romans 6:23: He says, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Yes, because of our sins we earned death, that is, spiritual separation from God. That’s what we earned. That’s what we deserve because of our sins. But God in his mercy did not give us what we deserve; but rather in his grace he gave us what we do not deserve, the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

This is why Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

For you are God’s workmanship, his masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Yes, you see, we’re saved by grace through faith. God has provided a means of salvation through Jesus
Christ for those who will put their faith in him. Trusting what he did for you at Calvary’s cross, you can be saved when you see there the horribleness of your sins and you make that decision of faith to turn away from sin, to live in them no longer, to truly repent, to turn to God, to live for him; and confessing him as the Christ, your savior, your Lord, give yourself to him in the waters of baptism, there dying to sin, there being buried with Christ and raised with him to walk in newness of life, there calling upon the Lord to cleanse you, to wash you, to take away your sins by the blood of Jesus.

The preacher said to old Saul of Tarsus, “who would later become the apostle Paul, to get up, to arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Have you trusted Jesus enough to turn from your sins, to give yourself to him in baptism, to become a Christian, to be cleansed, to be forgiven? Do you remember what Jesus did for you at the cross, and will you turn to him today? And I know that there are some who have failed to continue to live for Christ, some who have lost their faith, who once knew the Lord, who turned away from him for whatever reason. Remember today what Jesus did for you, and come back to the cross, come back to Christ, come back to God.

Let us know here at The Truth In Love if we can pray for you, if we can encourage you, if we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died at Calvary.
Mercy there was great,
and grace was free.
Pardon there was multiplied to me.
There my burdened soul found liberty,
atCalvary.
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan;
oh, the grace that brought it down to man;
oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free.
Pardon there was multiplied to me.
There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

SINGING>> Love one another, for love is of God.
He who loves is born of God and knows God.
He who does not love does not know God,
for God is love, God is love.
Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, with all thy soul,
all thy strength, all thy might.
Love the Lord thy God with all your heart,
for God is love, God is love.
God is love, God is love, God is love.
God is love, God is love,
God is love.
God is love, God is love,
God is love.
God is love, God is love, God is love.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven,
sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary,
when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.

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