Psalm 22 presents hope for the future.
The time had come. Jesus was on the cross, and the Gospel writers record…
“Then at three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘…My God, my God, why have you abandoned me,” writes Mark in 15:34.
While we do not completely understand or fully comprehend Jesus’ experience in that moment, his words go back to Psalm 22.
David wrote this psalm in a season of suffering. Nothing was going well, so he pinned these words.
David writes in verses 1-2, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer. By night, but I find no rest.”
Can you relate? It seems as if nothing is going well. Everyone has abandoned you and life is a disaster. You are not alone. David felt that way, and even Jesus experienced abandonment for a period.
It was not the end of the story for David or Jesus, and it will not be the end of your story.
Psalm 22 goes on to speak of better times for David, a resurrection for Jesus, and hope for you and me.
Verse 24 says, “For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one. He has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.”
David’s suffering was only for a season which passed. The abandonment of Jesus was only for a period, which ended in an exciting fashion. As David proclaimed, God did not hide. He heard the cry, and he was faithful to deliver.
God is not hiding. He hears your cries, and he will deliver. Meanwhile, Psalm 22 suggests praising the Lord faithfully knowing he will deliver.