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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 22

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: A Prayer From Suffering to Joy (v 1-31)

Psalms 22 Commentary

(22:1) Prophetic Statement - David gave an amazingly accurate description of the suffering the Messiah would endure hundreds of years later. David was obviously enduring some great trial, but through his suffering, he, like the Messiah to come gained victory. Jesus, the Messiah, quoted this verse while hanging on the cross carrying our burden of sin (Matthew 27:46). It was not a cry of doubt but an urgent appeal to God.

(22:6) Promised Hope and Victory - When others despise us and heap scorn upon us, they treat us as less than human. After much degradation, we, like David, can begin to feel like worms. When we feel the sting of rejection, we must keep in mind the hope and victory that God promises us (22:22-31).

(22:9-11) God's Love - God's loving concern does not begin on the day we are born and conclude on the day we die. It reaches back to those days before we were born and reaches ahead along the unending path of eternity. Our only sure help comes from a God whose concern for us reaches beyond our earthly existence. When faced with such love, how could anyone reject it?

(22:12) Bashan - The land of Bashan, located east of the Sea of Galilee, was known for its strong and well-fed cattle (Amos 43) Because of its grain fields, it was often called the breadbasket of Palestine

(22:15) Potsherd - A "potsherd" is a pottery fragment, a piece of clay baked hard by the sun or by fire.

(22:18) Destitute - It is a great insult to human dignity to rob a person of everything, even his clothing, leaving him naked and destitute. Jesus the Messiah would suffer this humiliating experience on the cross (Matthew 27:35). Most of us will never know the shame and suffering of being penniless and virtually naked in a public place, as many of the Jews experienced during the Nazi holocaust, or even the shame of being homeless on the streets of war-torn cities today. But we would feel exposed and naked if some secret sin was uncovered. If this happens, we need to cry out with the psalmist, "O my strength, haste thee to help me" (Psalm 22:10).

(22:22) Praising God - David would praise God among the people because his private deliverance deserved a public testimony. God may wonderfully rescue us in the quiet moments when we are hurting, and we should be prepared to offer public praise for his care.

(22:30-31) Tell our children of the Lord - Unborn generations are depending on our faithfulness today. As we teach our children about the Lord, so they will teach their children and their children's children. If we fail to tell our children about the Lord, we may well be breaking the chain of God's influence in generations to come. We must view our children and all the young people we meet as God's future leaders. If we are faithful in opportunities to speak into their lives today, we may well be affecting the future.

(22:30-31) Teach the Bible - If we want our children to serve the Lord, they must hear about him from us. It is not enough to rely on the church or those with more knowledge than we have to provide all the Christian education they need. We must reinforce knowledge of the Bible in our homes.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

He will Never Leave Us

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 22. In our text today, we see a theme of a prayer that carries us from great suffering to great joy amid rejection by David's friends, his circumstances, and no voice to him from the Lord. Still, David had faith in believing and praying that God would lead him out of despair as he looked forward to that future day when God would rule over the entire earth. In applying, we see that our Lord, who never changes, responds to our prayers according to His Will. Even as David experienced rejection and dry spiritual times - the Lord was still there, still protecting, providing, and walking with David - we, too - Have the same Lord protecting, providing, and walking with us even when it seems that others have abandoned us and our spiritual life feels dry. According to the Word of the Lord, He will never leave or forsake us, just as David penned for us today. How about you? Do you feel at times that the Lord has left you due to circumstances in your life? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today from the testimony of David that, as a saved child of God, the Lord will never leave us or forsake us as it is not based on my feelings, friends, or circumstances, but rather the Word of our Living God. 


Psalm 22

Psalm 22

 1My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

 2O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

 3But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

 4Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

 5They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

 6But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

 7All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

 8He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

 9But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.

 10I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.

 11Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

 12Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

 13They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

 16For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

 17I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

 18They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

 19But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

 20Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

 21Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

 22I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

 23Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

 24For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

 25My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

 26The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

 27All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

 28For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.

 29All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

 30A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

 31They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.