Question: Do you know which psalm is quoted most frequently in the New Testament?
Most will probably say the familiar and loved 23rd Psalm. No , it is probably Psalm 22.
This psalm begins with David’s profoundly, heart-felt words quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” found in Mark 15:34 and Matthew 27:46.
Just imagine with me for a moment, David must have found himself “stuck between a rock and a hard place”, so much so that it caused him to cry out to God in this way.
The Psalm begins(verse 1) by giving us his emotional stance at that particular moment. He felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” He also felt ignored: “O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear”(verse 2).
Have you ever felt this way? Well,if you haven’t I certainly have and admittedly several times.
Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why it appeared as if God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you?
This was the heart and mind of David. Oh, but for every cry that he expresses, we find there is a characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from hopelessness. Through it all David discovers that God is holy, trustworthy, a deliverer and rescuer, and his strength.
Feeling forsaken? Focus on God and not on the people or circumstances surrounding you. And rejoice! For even when we don’t sense the presence of God, His loving care is always there with us.
Psalm 22:1-31 NASB
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning. O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest. Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed. But I am a worm and not a man, A reproach of men and despised by the people. All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying, ” Commit yourself to the L ord ; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.” Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts. Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me. They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion. 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 cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots. But You, O L ord , be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance. Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion’s mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me. I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. You who fear the L ord , praise Him; All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel. For 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 for help, He heard. From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the L ord . Let your heart live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the L ord , And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the L ord ‘s And He rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive. Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.