Psalm 22: Desperate for Deliverance

How should we feel when God hasn’t yet come to our aid?

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Psalm 22:1–2 To the minister of music, a song of David. To the tune “A Deer at Dawn.”
My God, my God, why have you not come to my aid? Why are you so far from helping me? Why haven’t you listened to my painful cries? I cry out to you constantly, day and night, but you’ve not yet answered.
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Psalm 22:1–2 <To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.> My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

How important to God are our praises?

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Psalm 22:3–4 You are holy, living for the praises of your people.
Our ancestors were delivered when they trusted you.
Luke 19:40 “You can be certain,” Jesus said, “that if they kept quiet, the stones would have to shout praises.”
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Psalm 22:3–4 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

For what length of time should we have to trust God before we see his deliverance?

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Genesis 15:14 I will judge that nation, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.
Psalm 22:4–5 Our ancestors were delivered when they trusted you. You saved them when they cried out to you. They were not ashamed.
Hebrews 11:13 All these people believed God’s promises but died without seeing their fulfillment. They saw enough from a distance to be convinced of the truth and confess that they are foreigners just passing through.
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Genesis 15:14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
Psalm 22:4–5 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

With all that God has done for us, why should we see ourselves as worms?

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Psalm 22:6–8 I am no more than a worm, hated and rejected by people. They shake their heads and shout insults, sneering and making fun of me. They say, “He trusted God, so let God deliver him if he is pleased with him.”
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Psalm 22:6–8 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

If our commitment has not yet been made, how can we belong to God from the day we were born?

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Psalm 22:9–10 Lord, you brought me from the womb and gave me hope from the time I lay upon my mother’s breasts. From the day I was born, I belonged to you, my God.
Ephesians 1:11 From the beginning, God planned for us to share an inheritance with Christ.
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Psalm 22:9–10 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Under what conditions do we most feel the need to turn to God?

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Psalm 22:11–13 When trouble is near, stay close to me, because I have nowhere else to turn but to you. Many enemies have cornered me like raging bulls. The mighty herd from the Golan Heights has come against me. My enemies are like roaring lions, with open mouths ready to attack.
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Psalm 22:11–13 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

What can we do when our hope wanes and we have no strength?

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Psalm 22:14–15 My energy is drained like water poured out. My courage has melted like wax. My strength is dried up like a pottery fragment. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth, and I am left to die in the dust.
Isaiah 40:31 Those who put their trust in the Lord will find strength in him. They will be like eagles, soaring upward when they spread their wings. They will be like the runner who runs the full distance without getting tired. No matter how far they walk, they won’t become exhausted.
Philippians 4:13 In all situations, no matter how little or how much I have, I must depend on Christ for my strength and guidance.
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Psalm 22:14–15 I 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. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

What was King David describing with pierced hands and gambling for clothes? What would the people of his day have thought about this description?

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Psalm 22:16–18 Like a pack of dogs, my enemies have surrounded me. The wicked have gathered to pierce my hands and feet. I can count my ribs. My enemies looked at me and gloated. They divided my clothes and threw dice for my garment.
John 19:24 DB Rather than rip it, they decided to gamble to determine its rightful owner. This fulfilled the scripture that says, They divided my clothes and threw dice for my garment.
John 20:25 They told him, “We have seen Jesus.” But he said, “Unless I see the scars in his hands, put my finger where the nails were driven, and place my hand on his wounded side, I will not believe.”
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Psalm 22:16–18 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

At what point might King David be referring to his own plight and not Jesus? Who else might he be referring to?

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1 Samuel 17:37 “The Lord who saved me from the lion and the bear will save me from this Philistine.”
“Go,” Saul said. “May the Lord be with you.”
Psalm 22:19–21 Don’t stay so far away, Lord, for you are my strength. Come now to help me. Protect me from death by the sword. Keep the vicious dogs from overpowering me. Save me from the lion’s mouth. Don’t let me be gored by the raging bull.
Matthew 27:46 At three o’clock, Jesus screamed, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani,” which means “My God, my God, for this I was born.”
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1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.
Psalm 22:19–21 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

By what right could David lay claim to God’s name?

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Psalm 22:22 With my brothers and sisters, I will claim your name. When your family has gathered, I will boast of your greatness.
Galatians 4:4–5 But the day finally arrived when God sent his Son Jesus, born of a woman, subject to the Law. He came to bring us out from under the Law so we might be adopted into his family.
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Psalm 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
Galatians 4:4–5 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

What do we gain by praising the Lord? How might others benefit from our praises? What does God gain?

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Psalm 22:3 You are holy, living for the praises of your people.
Psalm 22:23 Let all who respect the Lord praise him. May God’s people, all the descendants of Jacob, be reverent and honor God.
Matthew 10:32 If anyone publicly acknowledges me before men, I will publicly acknowledge him before my Father in Heaven.
Ephesians 1:16 I continually give thanks for you, keeping you in my prayers.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 No matter what the circumstances are, be thankful, because this is the attitude God wants you to have in Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 We must always thank God for you, my friends, the Lord’s beloved, for he had your salvation in mind from the beginning, that you believe the truth and be cleansed by the Holy Spirit.
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Psalm 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psalm 22:23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

How can God accept us with our faults and failures?

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Psalm 22:24 God doesn’t despise me because of my faults and failures. When I pray, he doesn’t hide from me, but he listens to my cries.
Ephesians 1:4 Even before the creation of Earth and people who sinned, God loved us and had the perfect plan in Christ Jesus for us to become like him, wholly without fault in his eyes.
Ephesians 5:26–27 As Christ made his family special, bathing us with kind, supportive words, so he would have a glorious community without wrinkles or blemishes.
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Psalm 22:24 For 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.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 5:26–27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Are keeping our promises any more or less important before those who respect God than before those who don’t? Why?

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Psalm 22:25 In the midst of the people, I will praise you. In the presence of those who respect you, I will keep the promises I have made to you.
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Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

How does praise, and seeking the Lord’s will, bring lasting satisfaction?

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Psalm 22:26 The poor and starving will eat their fill. All who seek the Lord’s will, and praise him, will be satisfied forever.
Psalm 22:29 The true worshipers on Earth will eat and be satisfied. Those who die must acknowledge him, because they have no power to keep themselves alive.
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Psalm 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Psalm 22:29 All 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.

What will it take for people on Earth to “come to their senses”?

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Psalm 22:27–28 From everywhere on Earth, people will come to their senses and turn to the Lord. Families from every nation will worship him.
The Lord is King of his Kingdom, the supreme ruler of the nations.
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Psalm 22:27–28 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations.

What does our serving the Lord do for subsequent generations?

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Psalm 22:30–31 As posterity serves the Lord, subsequent generations will learn about him. They will declare his righteousness to people as yet unborn, saying, “It is finished.”
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Psalm 22:30–31 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.