Why Have You Forsaken Me?

besought God to “Deliver my soul from the sword.” 1The Hebrew term here for “deliver” (“הַצִּילָה”) applied to the threat of death from a sword, but David envisioned also death from the “power of the dog” (Psalm 22:20, page 875), “the lion’s mouth” (Psalm 22:21, page 875) and “horns of the wild ox” (Psalm 22:21, page 875).

Psalm 22:22-24      

In Psalm 22:22, page 875,  Messiah anticipated that He would tell of the LORD’S name in the assembly to His brethren and praise the LORD.  In fact, all people who fear the LORD will then be commanded: (1) to praise Him; (2) to glorify Him; and (3) to stand in awe of Him (Psalm 22:23, page 975). The LORD has not abhorred the affliction of the afflicted and has not hidden His face from Him (Psalm 22:23, page 875). This beautiful revelation of the LORD’S love certainly encompasses Messiah and His sufferings, but also everyone who suffers affliction.  The very nature of God shines brightly here in looking upon the affliction with loving kindness, in contrast to the enemies who hid their faces from Messiah, despised Him, and did not esteem Him (Isaiah 53:3, page 1155).  While the mockers encircled Messiah, the LORD never hid His face from Messiah and never cut Messiah off.  Even after being forsaken by the LORD to suffering, which was unavoidable to secure the salvation of all believers, Messiah still cried to the LORD and the LORD heard and helped Messiah endure the suffering and shame (Psalm 22:24, page 875).

Summary

The totality of Psalm 22 illustrates the theme that God allowed Messiah to suffer at the hands of His enemies, and specifically did not deliver Messiah from such suffering, even after Messiah groaned for such deliverance.        Ultimately God never separated Himself from Messiah in any sense except in the singular sense of allowing Messiah to suffer. Messiah, along with all the nations, praised God in the end, even after suffering. Glory followed suffering. Throughout the remainder of the Psalm, Messiah proclaimed that God would still receive His praise in the midst of the assembly, and all the families of the nations would worship the LORD (Psalm 22:22-27,  page 875). Furthermore, Messiah declared that the Kingdom is the LORD’s and He will rule over the nations, and all the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship (Psalm 22:28-29, page 876).  Psalm 22 concludes with a wonderful picture of God ruling over His people, as they prosper upon the earth and declare the great God’s righteousness to all generations, both present and future.        

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1. The Hebrew term here for “deliver” (“הַצִּילָה”) applied to the threat of death from a sword, but David envisioned also death from the “power of the dog” (Psalm 22:20, page 875), “the lion’s mouth” (Psalm 22:21, page 875) and “horns of the wild ox” (Psalm 22:21, page 875).