Jesus uttered the opening words of this psalm as He died. David was a suffering messiah himself. This psalm ends with hope – the Lord will save His Christ and the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord! Jesus died in hope as also in anguish!
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”
The depth of emotion in these words from David, as he struggled with the brokenness of life.
And how similar they are to what we have just read from Job, who cried out (ch 19 v7) “Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice.”
We know that David suffered much in his life. Enemies beset him on every side. Many of his close relationships were broken and wrecked. His own bad decision-making caused much pain and anguish.
But here, we have this crying out to God that is, as Stuart Snr says, uttered by Jesus as He died.
“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
So we come to the same place we did with Job. This psalm isn’t about being without sin, but rather it is a heartfelt and important crying out to the Lord. As Job did.
So much so that Jesus cries out, as death is gripping Him, to His dear Father – “Why have you forsaken me?”
This is so important for us to wrestle with. Jesus was without sin. And in His anguish this cry ripped from Him.
So too, like Job, like David, like our Lord, we are to bring our anguish and heartache to the Lord.
He is not made less because we make this cry.
Because while death did grip Jesus for a moment, it did not reign. He conquered death and won the victory!
God can handle our cries, and more, He hears them. His answer is manifold. We have His reply to Job. But we also have His reply in Jesus. Our King. Our Saviour. Who felt the anguish of His heavenly Father forsaking Him so that we did not have to. He became a curse for us. He saved and saves us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!