February 6, Reading 2 – Psalm 22

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SAA Notes

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!

SJA Notes

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?”

There is great depth of emotion in these words from David as he struggles with the brokenness of life.

And how similar they are to what we have previously heard from Job, who cried out,

“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 see his crying out to God.

And these words are echoed by our Lord Jesus,

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”

And so we come to the same place as we did with Job. This psalm isn’t about claiming to have no sin. Rather it is a heartfelt and important crying out to the Lord (as Job did).

Jesus Himself 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 anguish this cry rips from Him.

Like Job, like David, like our Lord, we are to bring our anguish and heartache to the Lord.

God is not made less because we make this cry.

While death did grip Jesus for a moment, it did not reign. He conquered death at Calvary and won the victory!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Dear God,

Thank You that as Son You became a curse for us Your people. You saved us from darkness into light. You gave new life into dead hearts.

Please help us to trust You more today, to bring Your glory, to keep Your Name holy.

Amen.

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