Psalms of My Life (Psalm 22)

09 Feb

Psalm 22[a]
For the director of music. To the tune of Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 7.08.51 AM“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;Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 7.13.02 AM
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!


Posted by on February 9, 2015 in the Psalms


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2 responses to “Psalms of My Life (Psalm 22)

  1. msadrianrenee

    February 9, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Oftentimes I have felt forsaken by God and the church. Pain, pain, and pain perfectly describe my experiences. Others, especially married people, have angered me by saying or insinuating that my heavenly Father is all I need. Married people have one another, and singles have no one– just Jesus. Nothing compares to feelings of abandonment during a fiery trials. When I don’t rely devices to ease the pain, I would gladly choose death over life. However, I am learning not to despise these occurrences. God wants to be my help. He wants me to lean on Him and embrace His love for me instead of self-medicate and look for others to sooth my pain. God never abandons His people. My perception of God’s love for me changes during the dark night of the soul and when I am in a hard place. The Father never forsook David or Jesus, and He will not forsake us. Pain can sometimes block us from receiving and embracing God’s affection for us. His love is unconditional and does not change. He will never leave us or abandon us. Never!

    • Esther

      February 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      I agree. I have sometimes felt like God was distant or did not feel very close when I was suffering. This time allowed me to seek after Him and in His perfect time He reassured me of His presence with me. I love the realness of this psalm. It encourages me to come to God as I am. Speaking of using other things to fill a void, I am keenly aware of this in own life. My prayer is that I should run to Him and nothing or no one else to fulfill the deepest longing of my heart!


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