TLIC Psalms. February 6. My God, My God.

Read Psalm 22:1-8. 1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. 3Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. 5To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. 7All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Many have called this psalm the Psalm of the Cross. It simply cannot be read without being confronted with the prophetic force it carries, as well as the picture of the agony and victory of the crucifixion of Jesus. The psalm depicts an execution, an execution King David never faced, but an execution King Jesus would face for us.

The psalm begins with the cry of dereliction – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? For David, this is not a loss of faith or salvation. Yahweh is still My God. He is still holy and enthroned. But it is a cry of confusion and a cry to experience the nearness of God once again – why are you so far from saving me? The cynics say that God only exists for our convenience, to get us out of our tough spots (v.8). But the true believer knows that God often chooses to carry us through our pain rather than remove it.

That this same cry came out of Jesus’ mouth can be confusing. Can God forsake God? But in the end we must see in Christ’s own cry of dereliction the truth that in dying he became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21), and on the cross he became our curse for us (Gal. 3:13). Jesus was forsaken by God on the cross so that we might never be forsaken for all eternity.

To live is Christ is to know that we are never forsaken, never forgotten, never alone.

Prayer. Jesus, you are My God who has not forsaken me. Be enthroned on my praises today and every day. Amen.

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