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May 27 - Evening

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?...
... All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!"

- Psalms 22:1, 29-31

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The Psalm of the Afflicted Worshipper Seeking God    

Psalm 22 consists of lamentation, supplication and thanksgiving. It was originally written by David in a state of personal despair, but can be understood as having been used as liturgy by worshippers who were suffering from sickness and seeking healing or were near death and seeking deliverance. David wrote it for the lead musician to either play on an instrument called the “ayeleth hashahar” (literally “dawn doe” translated as “morning star”) or to a melody familiar to the Hebrews in 1000 BC known as the song “Ayeleth Hashahar” (“Dawn Doe” or “Morning Star” song). 

The psalm begins with David (or, the worshipper) expressing their sense of being forsaken by God because of their sickness or their exposure to death. (22:1-5) They are struggling to understand their faith and theology in light of the contradiction with their experienced suffering and lack of deliverance.

This confusion and complaint is followed by the second problem: the afflicted worshipper is rejected by others in the community. (22:6-8) The afflicted worshipper and the situation is misunderstood by others who consider the suffering psalmist to be lower than life (“a worm”) and scorn them with ridicule. As their health fades and death approaches the silence of God seems to confirm the mockers accusation that the suffering worshipper has been rejected by God.

The afflicted worshipper describes the trouble that surrounds him (22:12-18) and prays for deliverance in 22:19-21. Then in between verse 22:21 and 22:22 it appears that an oracle or a word from the Lord is received by one of the officiating priests and spoken to the worshipper in words of promised deliverance. The worshipper than makes a vow promising to declare the name of the Lord to his brothers and to praise God in the congregation of worshippers while calling others to do the same:

“I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!” (Psalm 22:22-23)

In this Psalm the afflicted worshipper is healed and restored to life. But, within the final verses (22:29-31) even those who are not delivered from affliction, sickness and death are said to kneel before the Lord just like the living ones do who feast and worship on earth. In other words, the proclamation of what the Lord does and his absolute dominion over the earth will be proclaimed to future generations in spite of someone’s deliverance from death because the Lord rules on both sides of the grave.

Even though there is no clear connection to the promise of the Messiah in this Old Testament Psalm, both Jesus on the cross and the writers of the New Testament made connections between Jesus’ work of salvation with the overall theme of this psalm and its specific verses. Jesus quoted the opening and closing verses of Psalm 22 while on the cross (Matthew 27:46 and John 19:30). The writers of the Gospels make these connections with the 22nd Psalm:

  1. Dividing garments from Psalm 22:18 in John 19:23-24
  2. Hurl insults and shake heads from Psalm 22:7 in Mt. 27:39 and Mark 15:29
  3. Let the Lord deliver him from Psalm 22:8 in Mt. 27:43

With the death and resurrection of Jesus this Psalm can be interpreted not only as deliverance from sickness and death, but also deliverance through death and suffering by means of the resurrection. This hope of resurrection is the basis for praise and worship by all members of the congregation including both those who are delivered from sickness and those who are delivered by resurrection.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Theology is grace, and ethics is gratitude."
- F. F. Bruce

Something to Ponder??

Even though these words or phrases do not appear in most Bible translations, they are scriptural concepts with biblical support:

- sermon,
- original sin,
- second coming,
- rapture,
- trinity,
- denominations,
- Jewish Sabbath,
- Christian Sabbath,
- immortal soul,
- bible,
- theocracy,
- millennium,
- omniscience,
- omnipotence,
- omnipresence,
- the unpardonable sin,
- physical resurrection,
- end of time.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Kerusso (Gr) – Preach (Eng) – kerusso is a Greek word that refers to being a herald or proclaimer of a message or a proclamation. Kerusso means “to proclaim” in Matthew 3:1; Mark 1:45; Acts 10:37; Romans 2:21 and Revelation 5:2. Christ is said to have kerusso, or “proclaimed,” his victory to the rebel spirits who were locked up in the underworld in 1 Peter 3:19. The Gospel is kerusso by a herald in Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10. Also, the word or the Scriptures are kerusso (“proclaimed”)
in 2 Timothy 4:2.


Archaeological excavations in the NE Nile Delta have uncovered residences built between 1800-1500 BC in the style the Hebrews would have built since they came out of the area of Syria and Canaan. This settlement of Tell el-Dab’a (Here, Here and Here) was occupied by people from Canaan beginning in 1800 BC (Under Pharaoh Senusret III, also known as Sesostris).  This settlement’s population exploded from 1800-1500. The excavation reveals that work on a palace being built here was suddenly stopped. Pots of paint left setting indicate a sudden abandonment of the construction process of the palace. In the excavation Archaeologists found abandoned tools and building equipment simply left laying at the job site.  This seems to agree with the time of Joseph and his family settling in Egypt, the location of the Hebrew settlement, the population explosion of Hebrews that concerned Pharaoh, and then a sudden exodus from Pharaoh and his building projects made possible by Hebrew slave labor.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I feel confused by what the Lord has allowed in my life? Do I feel rejected by people around me?
In the midst of my confusion and rejection I will call out to the Lord who I know is faithful and is working his good plan even in my life.
"Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,
    and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you—
    better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away."

- Proverbs 27:10
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Hosea 6 1 Chronicles 28-29
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