NJ Bible Study

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”


“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
These are words Jesus spoke while on the cross shortly before His death. These are also the words of Psalm 22:1 written roughly 1,000 years before Jesus’ birth.
The words of the Psalm are written for their prophetic value as they speak of the messianic suffering servant. They are also the expression of every suffering servant of God that feels alone in his misery.
David is presumably crying out to the Lord during his years of exile while King Saul seeks to kill him. Scrounging for food, sleeping in caves, living among the pagans and enduring the scorn of many of his own people brought him to a state of desperation.
It is appropriate for the people of God to cry out to Him over the loneliness and misery they endure. Sometimes we feel forsaken. However, our complaint to Him must be a call for His help with the expectation that He will, ultimately, deliver.
Take Psalm 22 as a pattern for your cry of misery to the Lord. Do not overlook the humility, hope and faithful expectation of one who trusts the Lord.