My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
These familiar words spoken by the Psalmist are echoed by the Savior on the cross, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” Matt 27:46
The remainder of this Psalm is an empathic writing of those hours on the cross.
He speaks of the crowd around the cross – Psalms 22:12-13 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion.
The cruelty of hanging on the cross and the betrayal His creation is exhibited by the words in Psalms 22:14 – I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
Exhaustion, sweat, and blood loss led to dehydration while crucifixion claimed it’s victims.
Psalms 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.
During King David’s time, crucifixion did not exist. Yet, in this psalm he says, “They pierced My hands and My feet” (Psalms 22:16), clearly, this has no other meaning but crucifixion.
All four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, report the soldiers cast lots for the clothing of Jesus.
Psalms 22:18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
The Psalm then takes a turn away from the agony of death to the promise of life.
Psalms 22:21 You have answered Me.
Psalms 22:25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
Psalms 22:28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations.
Psalms 22:29 All the prosperous of the earth Shall eat and worship;
This Psalm begins with the questioning of God forsaking and turning His back on someone.
It ends with glorious declarations of God’s restoration of the same person.
Let me declare to you the days of forsaking is over. Jesus says to you, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matt 28:20
The writer of Hebrews proclaims the same, He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb 13:5
What Jesus felt on the cross, the alienation from the Father is something you need not ever experience. Again, Jesus took it upon Himself for you!