Can you tell me what will have become of America one thousand years from now? You may be able to guess, but can you be sure? If you can’t, and I can’t foretell the future, how could David foretell the suffering of Christ one thousand year before He was born? Today’s devotional should interest you and strengthen your faith. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Psalm 22:1-31 (ESV)
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All 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!”
9 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
12 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.
“This amazing Psalm is in two distinct parts. The first part is a SOB (1-21), and the second is a SONG (22-31). The key to part one is, ‘Thou answerest not,’ and to part two, ‘Thou hast answered.’ The first part tells of sufferings, and the second part of the glory that follows (1 Peter i.11)….
“It has truly been said that ‘the psalmist gives a more vivid description of the sufferings of Christ on the Cross than the authors of the Gospels.’ Mark carefully the parallels. Christ’s dying cry (1); the mockers gathered round the Cross and their taunts (7, 8, 12, 13); torture by crucifixion (16); the distorted body (14, 17); the parched tongue and lips (15); the divided garments and unrent vesture (18); and at last the sudden silence in death….
“At the end of part one of this Psalm (1-21) is sudden silence, death supervenes; and at the beginning of the second part (22-31) there is an equally sudden shout, resurrection has taken place…. Prayer gives place to praise. He who has just sobbed, now sings. It is the same voice we hear in verses 22-31 and in 1-21, but not the same note, for it is the Throne and no longer the Cross that is now in view…. Note that the triumph which is sung traverses the whole world and embraces all lands and ages. This is nothing other or less than a prediction of Christ’s universal kingdom. ‘It is a gospel before the Gospels, and an apocalypse before Revelation.’” [W. Graham Scroggie, The Psalms I, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1948), p. 140,142]
“All that the twenty-second psalm, from which Christ quotes on the cross, has to say about the sufferings of crucifixion ― the terrible thirst, the bones out of joint, the heart like wax, the strength dried up like a pot-sherd, the tongue cleaving to the jaws, the protruding bones ― all was fulfilled in the crucifixion of Christ.” [Clarence Edward Macartney, The Greatest Texts of the Bible, Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1992), p. 44]