Jesus and Psalm 22

We hope that reading Psalms is teaching you to give voice to your emotions. These songs and prayers that have been preserved for us have a unique way of helping us think through how we feel, don’t they?

Psalms give us words for telling God how we feel. They have always done that for God’s people. They even did that for Jesus Himself.

As you read Psalm 22 tomorrow, you will hopefully recognize some familiar words of Jesus. As Jesus neared His death on the cross, He asked God why He felt forsaken. But He didn’t speak His own words; He spoke David’s!

David wrote this Psalm to pour out his heart to God at a time when he felt misunderstood and wronged. And to hear Jesus quote David’s words should stop us in our tracks.

Jesus felt. He experienced human hurt, even worse than we will ever know, and so He can uniquely understand us in our own pain.

In his book The Possibility of Prayer, John Starke writes of Jesus:

“Imagine all that Christ can whisper to us for comfort. What might a rescuer say to the imprisoned? What might an heir say to his fellow heir who feels impoverished? What might the resurrected say to those who fear death? … What might the One who cried out, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” say to us when we feel abandoned, forsaken, and forgotten?

Let’s meditate on this truth and be transformed by it today.

Psalm 22 is one of the most clearly Messianic Psalms in the Psalter. In His gospel, Matthew draws from this Psalm as he tells the story of the death of Jesus.

We’ve included a chart to help you trace the connections between this Psalm and Matthew’s crucifixion account. What parallels do you see? And why do you think it matters?


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