Many of you know I have spoken of Psalm 22 before, calling it the most important chapter in the entire Bible-not to dismiss the others. See, there was a reason Christ said “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” when He was on the cross, and it wasn’t because He had doubt. You really think He doubted God? You really think He thought God forsook Him? No, there was a reason behind that line. I’m going to write this Psalm here, updating the language in the correct translation and if this doesn’t build your faith that Christ is Lord, not much will.

1. My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me and the words from My moaning?

2. O, My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear, and in the night time, and am not silent.

3. But You are Holy, oh You that dwell in the praises of Israel.

4. Our fathers trusted in You: they trusted and You delivered them.

5. They cried to You and were delivered: they trusted in You, and were not disappointed.

6. But I am a worm and no Man; a reproach of men and despised of the people.

7. All that see Me laugh Me to scorn: they divide the lip, they shake the head, saying,

8. He trusted on the Lord, that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him seeing He delighted in Him.

9. But You are He that took Me out of the womb: You did make Me hope when I was on My mother’s breasts.

10. I was cast upon You from the womb: You are My God from My mother’s belly.

11. Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; for there is no one to help.

12. Many bulls have surrounded Me: bulls of Bashan have set around Me.

13. They opened upon Me with their mouths, as a ravening and roaring lion.

14. I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like hot wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.

15. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaves to My jaws, and You have brought Me into the dust of death.

16. For dogs have encompassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet.

17. I can count all My bones: they look up and stare at Me.

18. They divide My clothes among them, and cast lots upon My garments.

19. But be not far from Me, oh Lord: oh My strength, make haste to help Me.

20. Deliver My soul from the sword; My life from the power of the dog.

21. Save Me from the lion’s mouth; for You have heard Me from the horns of unicorns.

22. I will declare Your name to My brothers: in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.

23. You that fear the Lord, praise Him; all You of the seed of Jacob, glorify Him, and fear Him, all you seed of Israel.

24. For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hid His face from him; but when he cried to Him, He heard.

25. My praise shall be of You in the great congregation: I will pay My vows before them that fear Him.

26. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that follow Him: Your heart shall live forever.

27. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before You.

28. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s, and He is the Governor among the nations.

29. All they that are rich upon earth shall eat and worship: all those that go down into the dust shall bow before Him, and none can keep alive his own soul.

30. A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

31. They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness to a people that shall be born that He has done this.

As you see in the first verse, Jesus repeated that line on the cross. That is what He was doing. He was telling us all that He was Lord and this psalm proves it. For anyone that might say that the gospels wrote of His death to link it to this psalm, no denomination teaches this psalm was about Christ’s crucifixion. In verses 7-8, 16, and 18 you can clearly read these things in the gospels. This psalm of David must have been from a prophetical dream, as it is very visual. It seems there were different viewpoints during this vision , but especially from Jesus’ viewpoint. Verse 17 gives evidence of this. This is such a poignant psalm that gives further testimony of how He felt without counting the physical. I urge all who read this to spread it around, not for my sake, but theirs. This will strengthen faith.



  1. Rebecca says:

    In Yashua’s name. Amen…

  2. John Brown says:

    I consider Psalm 22 and Luke 1:36-55 the most moving parts of the Bible. Especially when read out loud.

    As I did for “Christmas” eve, I will probably do for our fake “New Year’s Eve”, and read them out loud to honor God. Since the people that do it are few and far between.

    I did Deut 32 on Christmas Eve too as it seemed appropriate.

  3. David says:

    Why do you think God refered to King David as a man after His own heart even though he went down for adultery and had a man murdered in the middle of it? Is it because even with his failures he cared about the things of God? What do you think Elijah did to be so close with God he could even have fire come down, being it was still God’s will? Lastly why do think God told Abraham to sacrifice his son? From what I’ve read I’m certain Abraham is of the elect, did he still need to prove himself at such a great extent?

    • Jesse Norman says:

      All good questions. Why God referred to David as a man of His own heart was he was one of the elect. The elect cannot sin against men because it was others outside the election that made the elect serve God in this age instead of enjoying the fruits of their devotion from the previous age. This is why Paul wrote in Romans 8:33 “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” What David did to Uriah was awful, and he did pay a heavy price, but Uriah was not of the elect. Because of Uriah’s sin from the previous age, David was sent to live in human flesh to save people like Uriah. Anything one of the elect does God considers it a sin against Him, not against the victim. David was a high ranking one of the elect. Elijah might be the highest ranking member of the election. He was sent by God to bring Israel back to Him, and away from Ba’al. God would have done even more with Elijah if needed. As far as Abraham goes, God tests His elect to see if they are ready for their purpose. I think mostly though, it’s because nations sacrificed their children often then, so the result was to show this is not what God wanted. Perhaps God did this to set up how He was against child sacrifice. I think this was the real reason. Have a merry Christmas.

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