Guest Writer: Dominique A. Evans
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.
Read the entire chapter of Psalm 22. It is a very prophetic and graphic description of Jesus’ crucifixion sung by David, in the Old Testament. We know Jesus wasn’t born until about 1,000 years after David so it is amazing that he sung this. Besides, punishments such as the crucifixion did not exist during David’s time. Crucifying was a Roman form of execution—not Jewish.
The first line, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” are words spoken by Jesus (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34). Now that is profound! Jesus was crying out while He was on the cross and in verse two, the Father separated Himself from His Son. Christ became human and began to feel pain. But then Jesus answered His own question in why God had forsaken Him. Look at verse three: Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. At this moment Jesus WORSHIPED God right then, right there, on the cross with pierced hands and feet and skin so tight, He could count His own bones!
When you and I feel like we are carrying His cross and are being beaten down and pierced with hurt, do we worship Him anyway? Psalm 22 is not only a cry out to God from Jesus mimicked by David, it is also a moment where in this horrific state the Son of Man praised GOD for keeping His promise to fulfill a great plan and thanked Him.
Now look at this from a contemporary prospective:
- Is the feeling of captivity giving us slavery or salvation?
- Is the walk through our wilderness making us draw back from God, or move closer to Him?
- Is the pain so big that we can’t praise the Lord?
Jesus was in the flesh at the moment and STILL put His Father first. Can we attempt to do this? When we are being nailed into our iniquities by the enemy, isn’t HE still present?
Are we nailed to the hurt, or nailed to a promise?
Our God, and worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy!