Summary: Psalm 22 is the PSALM OF THE CROSS and the very prophecy of our Savior’s sufferings. But it goes deeper than that. Christ speaks to us about what has been provided as direct consequences of His loving and selfless sacrifice. This is the Holy Ground of
Griffith Baptist Church – 11/18/07
Text: Psalm 22
An elderly gentleman was out walking with his young grandson. "How far are we from Home?" he asked the grandson. The boy answered, "Grandpa, I don’t know." The grandfather asked, "Well, where are you?" Again the boy answered, "I don’t know." Then the grandfather said good-naturedly, "Sounds to me as if you are lost." The young boy looked up at his grandfather and said, "Nope, I can’t be lost. I’m with you." Ultimately, that is the answer to our lostness, too. We can’t be lost if He is with us.
The next three chapter are considered Messianic Psalms, about the Lord Jesus Christ
They depict different aspects of him. For instance:
• Psalm 22 – The Savior
• Psalm 23 – The Shepherd
• Psalm 24 – The Sovereign
Or you could look at in this fashion:
• Psalm 22 – What Christ has done
• Psalm 23 – What Christ is doing
• Psalm 24 – What Christ will do
Psalm 22 is THE PSALM OF THE CROSS – It is by far considered to be the Holy Ground of the Psalms.
As in Christ’s suffering on the cross some similarities occur:
• It begins with Christ’s statement of forsakenness (verse 1)
• It ends with Christ’s statement of completion (“He hath done this” like “It is finished” verse 31)
• There are some statements that never applied to David:
o They have pierced my hands and feet (16)
o They part my garments, etc. (18)
o Never without a helper (11)
The interesting feature of this psalm is that it does not include one word of confession of sin, and no imprecation against enemies.
It is primarily the account of a righteous man who was being put to death by wicked men.
1. The Suffering of the Messiah – 22:1-21 [Four aspects of suffering]
A. Deserted – 1-2
i. A sense of abandonment (1a), non-responsiveness (1b), and divine deafness (2)
ii. The Psalmist had an intense fear of God distancing Himself from him (why art thou so far from helping me, and compare to verses 11 and 19 [see underlined])
iii. We have all felt that way at times, as if God wasn’t there and didn’t care
iv. Hebrews 13:5 - for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
B. Disconnected – 3-5
i. Trying to remind God of His faithfulness in the past (3)
ii. There is a sense of this reminder being futile (4-5) because of the word “BUT” (verse 6)
iii. He was trying to self-motivate based upon good memories of a great God.
C. Despised – 6-10
i. Isaiah 53:3 - He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
ii. People step all over him – 6
iii. People laugh at him mock him – 7-8
iv. Still a memory of God being with him from the beginning – 9-10
D. Degraded – 11-18
i. Loneliness and separation - 11
ii. Those in power use their strength against him – 12 (Bashan – good pasture land and strong cattle)
iii. Saying false and mean things about him – 13
iv. Weakness and vulnerable – 14
v. Depression and lost vigor, exhausted – 15
vi. The messianic sufferings of the cross (prophetic) – 16-18