The Psalm of the Cross
Psalm 22:1-21 (ESV)
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
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.
 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
 Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
 Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
Most all of OT Scripture experienced partial prophetic fulfillment during the time it was written and then final fulfillment in the life of Christ. It seems that Psalm 22 is different. Most scholars agree that there was no corresponding time in David’s life when these verses would apply.
No incident recorded of David can begin to account for this…The language of the Psalm defies a naturalistic explanation; the best account is in the terms used by Peter concerning another Psalm of David: Being therefore a prophet,…he foresaw and spoke of…the Christ (Acts 2:30)—Quoted from Boice’s Commentary, Boice quoting Derek Kidner Continue Reading