God has a Plan
Psalm 22 describes a time of intense suffering in David’s life. He is on the run. Perhaps Saul is pursuing him. David is desperate and cries out to God. Little does David know that these words the Holy Spirit puts on his tongue describe the crucifixion of God’s own son a thousand years in the future. What’s even more remarkable is that David describes crucifixion, which he had never seen, which had not even been invented, as a form of execution. David’s language for his own suffering is vividly echoed in the Gospels to describe the crucifixion of Jesus, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus would utter these same words from the cross. When he took our sin, he was separated from the Father, for the first time in all eternity. Their perfect oneness and community was shattered, and it was incredibly painful for Jesus.
David said, “All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads.” Matthew describes Jesus, “And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads.”
David said, “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him” In Matthew we read: “He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.” This describes the physical collapse of Jesus’s body on a cross. “They have pierced my hands and feet.” For David, this was figurative language for an attack. For Jesus, this was literally true on the cross. “They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” This exact event happened at the cross.
Psalm 22 is the psalm of the cross, which was figurative for David and literal for the Son of David. It was true for David in a limited sense, but true for the Son of David in the ultimate sense. What a remarkable portrait of Christ’s suffering on the cross, given that it was painted a thousand years before Christ even came and before crucifixion was even used. God is the sovereign God and He is working His plan, a plan that culminates with a savior dying for sinners. (Taken from YouVersion devotional)
How amazing is God?
Psalm 22 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.[b]
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.[c]
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 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[d] 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[e] 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.
22 I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 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.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!