Read Psalm 22
Did you notice the superscript of the Psalm you just read? These words were designed to be sung to the tune of an existing tune of the day . . . “The Doe of the Morning.” After reading the Psalm, you might conclude that the “doe” was none other than Bambi’s mother!
OK, I’ll admit that was a poor joke. Nevertheless, there is no avoiding the fact that as David authored Psalm 22, he was experiencing life-threatening opposition and sensed anything but the presence of the Lord. However, these words also comprise a “Messianic Psalm” that points to parallels in the life of Jesus.
Join me as we worshipfully approach the sacred ground of the cross at Golgotha by appreciating words that David wrote even hundreds of years prior to Christ.
“They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing” (v. 18). Our Savior was stripped and humiliated while others sought personal gain!
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (v. 1a). Those desperate words from Christ’s lips describe the reality of His separation from the Father as He bore the punishment demanded by your sin and mine.
“All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: ‘He trusts the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him’” (vv. 7, 8). Those godless words from soldiers, spectators, and a criminal next to Him must have sliced through our Lord the way the sword would later pierce His lifeless body!
“My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death…they have pierced my hands and my feet…I can count all my bones” (vv. 15, 16, 17). Experts say crucifixion is among the most excruciating forms of execution.
David’s words paint a horrible picture of what our Lord endured. But don’t lose sight of why He endured it. Don’t lose sight of what His suffering made possible.
Because of what Jesus Christ suffered, you and I can have right-standing with God! “(A)ll have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:23, 24).
Thank you, Jesus!