My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
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;
my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
—Psalm 22:1-9, 14-19
by: Dorothy Noel.
This Psalm, written generations before the Christ’s crucifixion is what Jesus called on in His deepest moments of suffering (v.1). Yet it is also what the priests used to mock Him (v.8). Both know the Scriptures inside and out. They could read the words and understand their literal meanings. Still, Jesus’ call of Scripture was a cry of desperation and desire for the love of the Father. What He asked was in line with the purpose of the Psalm. On the other hand, the priests’ quote was a mockery of the Psalm. They were those who sneered in verse 7, not understanding the power or purpose of the words they spoke. Even the most educated must be sure to listen carefully for the heart of God when reading His Word.'