Psalm 22, The Psalm of Death
Psalm 22, Written to the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. Better known as "The Psalm of Death." Relating to or concerning David's Son and David's Lord. (Matthew 22:41-45). "The root and the offspring of David." (Revelation 22:16). David, "being a prophet and knowing," spoke of this Psalm, relating to the suffering and the glory of "the Man Christ Jesus." A Psalm composed 1,000 years before the crucifixion, for those who doubt that scripture is true, Jesus walked among us, and died for our sins. "Positive proof scripture is inspired of God." (2 Timothy 3:16). There were at least 28 prophecies fulfilled on this one day; "the last day in the life of Jesus Christ in the flesh." Witnesses to the events that surrounded the death of Christ attest to the perfection of each detail of prophecy. And yes, it all came to pass just as it was written. With that being said, let us ask the Heavenly Father for the wisdom and understanding to absorb what is called one of the most important Psalms ever written.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? (Psalm 22:1).This Psalm was Christ's prayer and plea on the cross. It begins with pure Hebrew; "Eli, Eli, la' ma sa-bach' tha-ni?" My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? It ends with "It is finished." But, God never forgot Him. He was with Him all the way. It is believed by many scholars, including this humble student, that our Lord actually quoted all, or, most of this Psalm while hanging on the cross.
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. (Psalm 22:2).I call to You, Elohim, but You do not answer. You here my voice, but I find no relief.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3).You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. "Righteous in all His ways." (Psalm 145:17).
Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. (Psalm 22:4).Our ancestors confided in You, and You rescued them.
They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. (Psalm 22:5).They cried to You and were saved. They trusted in You and were never disgraced. (Psalm 106:44). It appears the Psalmist is struggling to trust God in the darkest moments. The essence of faith is to trust God, especially in our darkest moments. (Hebrews 11:1). We need faith to please God. (Hebrews 11:6). "Jesus had trust in the Father and pleased Him."
But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. (Psalm 22:6).The "crimson grub" in which the color from it is "scarlet" and dye was made. The scarlet red color representing the "precious blood" shed on the cross by Christ that would bring salvation to many. Also that Christ would take the lowest place of His people.
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, (Psalm 22:7).They stick out their tongue, shaking their head, and mock me. And so they did! (Matthew 9:24, 27:9, 27:39).
He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. (Psalm 22:8).Again, as He hung on the cross they ridiculed Him. (Matthew 27:39-43, Mark 15:29, Luke 23:35).
But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. (Psalm 22:9).Took me from my mothers womb and led me to trust in You.
I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. (Psalm 22:10).You have been my God from the moment I was born. (Luke 2:40, 2:52).
Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. (Psalm 22:11).Do not stay far from me, trouble is near, and no one else can help me. (Psalm 38:21). Again, The Heavenly Father was with Him. (John 16:32).
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. (Psalm 22:12).Bashan is on the eastern side of the Jordan, and was known for being good for cattle grazing and fat herds. Referring to the people, who grew fat as the heifer, that surrounded Jesus on the cross. (Jeremiah 50:11).
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. (Psalm 22:13).Just like the lion, they opened their big mouths against Jesus as He hung on the cross. People will do it to you if you teach the truth. (1 Peter 5:8).
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. (Psalm 22:14).His blood was poured out like water when He was pierced in the side by a Roman soldier. His bones out of joint when the cross was raised and dropped in the hole. It was common for them to break the legs of the one being crucified, but they did not break the legs of Jesus. (John 19:33-34). (He was already dead).
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.(Psalm 22:15). He was parched and thirsty and gave Him poor man's wine, vinegar to drink. (John 19:28).
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. (Psalm 22:16).For dogs, enemies, surround me, the assembly, congregation in civic respect, of the wicked, the good for nothing breakers, enclose me. They pierced my hands and feet. (John 19:37). Note: Execution and death by crucifixion wasn't know until the time of the Romans. "This was all prophetic by David."
I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. (Psalm 22:17).I can count my bones as I hangs there, and my enemies stare and gloat at me.
They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. (Psalm 22:18).They divide my garments and throw dice for my clothing. As quoted in (Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24, Luke 23:34, John 19:24). Another fulfilled prophecy.
But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. (Psalm 22:19).Lord used here is one of 134 emendations of the Sopherim by which Jehovah (Yahveh), of the primitive text was changed to Adonai. See appendix 32.
Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. (Psalm 22:20).Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from these dogs. This word darling here is "yachiyd" H3173 meaning "only one," child, son. "The only begotten Son."
Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. (Psalm 22:21).Save me from the lions mouth "jaws of death, Satan, 1 Peter 5:8, for he is death." From the horns, from out of, the unicorn, wild bull. This would be the end of the crucifixion part of Christ, and now we are going to switch to the resurrection, and to the praise of God. (John 20:17).
I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. (Psalm 22:22).Declare the name of the Lord and praise His name among the people. (Psalm 40:9-12, Hebrews 2:12).
Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. (Psalm 22:23).Praise the Lord; "all who fear Him!" i.e. the Gentiles. (Psalm 115:11, Luke 1:50). All descendants of Jacob. All of Israel. (1 Chronicles 16:13).
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. (Psalm 22:24). God never forsook Christ and He will never ignore the suffering of the needy. He listens for their cries for help. (Psalm 69:33, Isaiah 50:7).
My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. (Psalm 22:25).Praise His name before the people and in the presence of those who worship Him. (Psalm 35:18, 111:1).
The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (Psalm 22:26).The meek, the patient and wronged ones, will eat and be satisfied. Those who are fed the bread of life, the Word of God. (John 6:48-58).
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. (Psalm 22:27).The whole world will acknowledge the Lord and return to Him. (Revelation 7:9-12, 15:4).
For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations. (Psalm 22:28).All the power and glory belongs to the Lord. He will rule all the nations. (Daniel 7:14, Zechariah 14:9, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 11:15).
All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. (Psalm 22:29).Even the fat, rich ones, will come and worship. (Philippians 2:9-11). A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. (Psalm 22:30). The original manuscripts read "My Seed." (Isaiah 53:10, Hebrews 2:13, Galatians 3:26-29).
They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. (Psalm 22:31).His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born and they will hear everything about Him and what He has done. Referring to the new birth as declared by Christ to Nicodemus. (John 3:3-7, Ezekiel 36:25-27). We have covered "the Psalm of death." A Psalm composed 1,000 years before the crucifixion. And again, it all came to pass just as it was written.
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