Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Ultimately, the best guide to the meaning of this term “forsaken” in Psalm 22:1, page 874, must be the immediate context. We  can focus further upon the separation between David’s prayers for help and the deliverance David sought.

The Distance between

Deliverance and Groaning

As I mentioned above, I will treat Psalm 22 as primarily Messianic. Messiah groaned as He sought for His God to deliver Him, but God did not deliver Messiah. God had a trusting relationship with Messiah. 1Notice however that nothing so far in Psalm 22:1, page 874, demands that God separated Himself in essence from Jesus on the cross. Messiah described a great distance with the term “far from” in Psalm 22:1, page 874. In Psalm 22:1, page 874, the words “far from” played a critical function in helping us understand Messiah’s meaning here in Psalm 22:1, page 874.  We can examine the use of this basic term in other passages to appreciate Messiah’s use of the term in Psalm 22:1, page 874.

Psalm 119:155

In Psalm 119:155, page 982, we see the term “far from” used to describe “salvation as far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes.” 2The Hebrew term “far from” (“רָחוֹק”) used here in Psalm 119:155, page 982, also appears in Psalm 22:1, page 874. This sentence structure explained that the spiritual distance observed in the first clause (“salvation is far from the wicked”) originated from the second clause (“they do not seek your statutes”).  We gain insight in this verse into the spatial spiritual thinking of the Psalmist in describing the great distance between salvation and the wicked.  The wicked have not been abandoned by salvation, but rather the Psalmist emphasized the large space between the wicked and salvation. In this case, the failure to seek God’s statutes resulted in distance between the wicked and salvation.  In a second sense, seeking God’s statutes resulted in the the presence of God’s salvation. The second clause illumined the cause of the first clause, in a very similar way to Psalm 22:1, page 874. 

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1. Notice however that nothing so far in Psalm 22:1, page 874, demands that God separated Himself in essence from Jesus on the cross. Messiah described a great distance with the term “far from” in Psalm 22:1, page 874.
2. The Hebrew term “far from” (“רָחוֹק”) used here in Psalm 119:155, page 982, also appears in Psalm 22:1, page 874.