Through the Bible Day by Day
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?
THE CRY OF THE FORSAKEN
The Hebrew inscription of this exquisite ode is, “The hind of the morning.” The hind is the emblem of loveliness; see Son_2:7; Son_2:9. The cruel persecutors are designated as bulls, lions, and dogs. Perhaps the allusion to the morning refers to the daybreak of resurrection-hope.
Of course our blessed Lord is in every syllable. Indeed, the psalm reads more as history than as prophecy. The divine Sufferer seems to have recited it to Himself when on the Cross; for it begins with “My God, my God,” etc., and ends, according to some, with a word in the Hebrew, meaning “It is finished.” The psalm is indeed a photograph of Calvary, a memorial of the heartbreak of Jesus.
Sometimes to the soul in agony God seems not to hear; but through those hours of darkness the Easter day is hastening to break in resplendent glory. He will not suffer His holy one to see corruption, Psa_16:10.
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
THE TESTIMONY OF THE DELIVERED
In the middle of Psa_22:21 there is a remarkable change from the plaintive to the triumphant: supplication and entreaty break out into exultation; hope saves the broken harp from the hands of despair, restrings it, and extracts from it strains to which angels, on their way home to God, are constrained to listen.
He who had said, Thou hearest not, Psa_22:2, confesses that all the while God has been hearing and helping. Now Jesus will join the saints in psalms of praise. See Joh_17:26 (will make it known) and Heb_2:12. Man may abhor a worm, but God uses worms to thresh mountains, Isa_41:14-15.
In the closing verses there is a sure forecast of the effects of the death on the Cross not only upon the Jews, but also upon the ends of the earth, that is, the Gentiles. The usurper shall be dethroned, Psa_22:28; resurrection shall be accomplished, Psa_22:29; and a spiritual seed shall satisfy the Redeemer’s travail, Psa_22:30.