Today you should read: Psalm 22
Ladies and gentlemen, we are kicking this Jump Start off a little differently. If you only have ten minutes this is what I want you to do—rest and worship in the presence of your Savior this morning. Scroll down the page, click the link, and listen while worshipping with every fiber in your being. Worshiping God by reading my commentary is not even a fair match up. So WORSHIP! And if you have time, come back and read it later…
Psalm 22 is the Gospel. As you read the words of David, you are reminded of the gospels in the New Testament beginning with verse 1. Verse 1 sounds like something Christ said, right? Right! Let’s make our way through this Psalm of suffering and praise!
Read Matthew 27:46 and be in awe that God’s Word is alive, active, and connected throughout the Bible, pointing toward an amazing Savior! I hope this Psalm will take you to Calvary and back again.
We see in verses 1-23 the pain and suffering David is experiencing. We also see what the coming Messiah will have to endure. William McDowell, in his Bible Believer’s Commentary says this, “approach this Psalm with the utmost solemnity and reverence, because you have probably never stood on holier ground before. You have come to Golgotha where the Good Shepherd is giving His life for the sheep. For three hours the earth has been enveloped in thick darkness. Now ‘Immanuel’s orphaned cry’ echoes through the universe: ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?’”
Now the part of this phrase that should send chills to your very core is that the Savior was completely forsaken by the Father. Why was he forsaken? Why should the holy, sinless, Savior Jesus Christ experience the full blow of eternal hell and sin? We read in Scripture that God is holy and just and that He must punish sin wherever He finds it—and the reality is, He found all of our sin on Jesus. Let that sink in a moment. It’s a sobering thought isn’t it? Forget all the “bad” sins—think about all the little lies, the wrong thoughts, the times you tried to please men rather than God, not doing something with excellence, etc. All of it—down to the smallest thing—God in Heaven had to unleash His full wrath on, and it was ultimately laid upon Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Verses 1-21 explain the excruciating suffering that the Messiah had to endure, but we see something drastically change in verses 22 and 23—this is great news! “You have answered me” makes a distinct change in the way this Psalm ends. It is the hinge that brings us from suffering to praising! William McDonald says, “the sufferings of the Lord Jesus are now forever past. His redeeming work has been finished. The cross has been exchanged for the crown!” Jesus exchanged our sin for righteousness—this is why the Gospel means good news!
I don’t know about you but this Psalm brings me back to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus experienced the most brutal and horrific suffering in order to be obedient to the point of death. As a result of His obedience, we now have the right to be called adopted sons of the Most High God! We are now able to stand in a right relationship because Jesus took our sin, died our death, was buried and resurrected! What a beautiful exchange! Through the suffering of Christ, God demanded the obedience of His Son. He gave His life to bring glory to the Father and we were exchanged into His righteousness! His suffering brought us rejoicing! What a beautiful exchange!
Watch this video and listen to the lyrics and you meditate on the Gospel!
Posted by: Zach Monroe