Psalm 22 – A Voice in the Darkness
In his darkest hour, Jesus follows the practice of his whole life: he prays to his Father. It is fitting that, as was his custom, he found appropriate words from the psalms. David’s verses give shape to his seething emotions, bringing them to the surface with a raw honesty and a defining clarity. Four words of Israel’s first poet-king now seized by the lips of Israel’s final king. Four words anchor Jesus to his past and forge his future, piercing the black, iron- clad sky and thrusting the abandoned orphan back to the Father’s side. May we make them our prayers; then we, too, will have a voice in the darkness. How privileged we are to hear such words uttered in this rare glimpse of intimacy between Father and Son.
~ Pastor Brian Morgan
David’s introductory address (Verses 1-10)
I cannot read the opening verses of this Psalm without images of our Savior on the cross flashing in front of me. Christ’s echo of David’s words draw us back to the words of this Psalm. How often can we identify with the desolation David expresses? Then he works to remind himself of the truths that have belonged to him since before his birth. God has plans for us before we are even born.
David’s insistent petition and lament (Verses 11-21)
David perseveres just like the woman pursuing the judge in Jesus’ parable. “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1 ESV). We should not lose heart, not give up no matter the circumstances because God is our strength.
Even when we feel like this:
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.
David’s praise (Verses 22-31)
What a contrast as we move to the final portion of this Psalm. David is adamant about declaring praise to his brothers, in the midst of the congregation, and calling all Israel to join him. God has answered his cry. God is sovereign.
As the Psalm concludes, David connects the knowledge that was given to him before his birth that will be proclaimed to those yet unborn:
They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn – for he has done it.
This is a digital art journal page created in My Digital Studio. The words at the top are from a song by Chris Tomlin. You can download the Psalm 22 Printable here.
Forsaken; bulls, lion, dogs; poured out like water; heart like wax; pierced hands and feet; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you; all the ends of the earth will turn to the Lord;