Turn to Psalm 22 when soul needs healing
Saturday, March 30, 2019
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? … They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn; He has done it!” — Psalm 22:1 & 31 (NIV)
The book of Psalm addresses a myriad of human emotions. Psalm 22 must have been on Jesus’ mind and heart as he hung on the cross dying. As we approach Easter, or Resurrection Sunday as I prefer to call it, we can learn much about the cross and the realities of suffering reading this Psalm that Jesus quoted from the cross.
If you are dealing with depression, this is a good chapter to read. If you are in the middle of a season when life is not fair, meditate on this chapter. The richness and depth of Psalm 22 are there to serve you.
David, foreshadowing Jesus, cries out that God has abandoned him in verses 1-8. Pain is real. Listen to the words: forsake, far, groaning, cry out, silent, worm, scorned, mock, hurl insults, etc. Have you ever felt this? David did. Jesus did.
But note, neither denied God. Yes, both honestly asked, “Where are you, God? Why are you silent?” May we never forget that faith is not null and void when you question God. In fact, the opposite is true? Your faith may be the most alive when you believe during those times when God has chosen, in sovereignty, to be silent or distant.
Consider that when a fellow believer is in real pain, you can allow them to work through their pain. Quick fixes are often too shallow to endure.
David remembers, through the pain, and affirms that God has been faithful in the past (verses 9-11). In fact, God has known us and cares for us from the womb. Life, all life, is precious. God has cared for you since your life began in the womb and He continues to do so, even when it appears that He is nowhere to be found.
Suffering on this side of heaven is very real (verses 12-18). Again, at times David’s life was a living hell. And we have a foreshadowing of Jesus’s pain on the cross. So why are we so surprised at times when our lives are upside down? Life can be total pain. And in the pain, if you dig deep enough, you will find God. He is our strength and will rescue us from the dungeon of pain (verses 19-21).
David worshiped God during his time of pain (verses 22 – 31). And because of the cross we worship. Out of pain we find our true hope. It is extraordinary to have a God who can rescue even those who are in such great pain. That is why David ended this lamentation, this cry of pain, with such strong feelings toward worship. Everyone who seeks Him will worship Him. He has done such marvelous things. Like David and Jesus, we need to give our Heavenly Father all the glory and praise He is due.
The ultimate victory that God gave Jesus is the RESURRECTION. People who are still yet to be born will cry out in glory to God’s name because He has done such great things for us. In the end, the totality of worship will be all the earth.
Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of the university.