Psalms For our troubled land
Psalms For Our Troubled Land – Psalm 22
PSALM 22. ANGUISH AND PRAISE
by The Rev. Ross Anderson
May God draw near to all the people of South Africa (Psalm 22:11, 19) in our need and deliver us (v19) from this present turmoil (vv19-21). We pray that the poor will “eat and be satisfied” (v26) and that “all the rich … will worship the Lord” (v29). May God have mercy on us and not despise us (v24, cf. v6) as we cry out to him day by day (v2). Meanwhile, we continue to praise the Holy One (vv3, 22-23) and trust in him (vv4-5, 8), for he listens to our cry for help (v24). God is our strength (v19) – do not be afraid (vv14-15). God is our deliverer (vv20-21). God is our righteousness (v31). May South Africa turn to the Lord and bow down before him (v27), for dominion belongs to him and he rules over South Africa (v28, cf. v3). Evil will not triumph (vv12-13, 16).
Psalm 22 is the first of a number of “passion-psalms” in which we see foreshadowed the final triumph of the Crucified One – our Lord Jesus Christ. “Come, Lord Jesus”. Praise Him!
Psalm 22 (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
- My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
- My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.[b]
- Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[c]
- In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
- To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
- But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
- All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
- “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
- Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
- From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
- Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
- Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
- Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me.
- I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me.
- My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
- Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.
- All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
- They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
- But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
- Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs.
- Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
- I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.
- You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
- For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
- From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows.
- The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!
- All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,
- for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.
- 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!