Psalm 22 (1-21)

The Suffering and Cry for Deliverance



This Bible study explores the themes of suffering, abandonment, and the cry for deliverance found in Psalm 22. It draws parallels to the experience of Jesus Christ on the cross, highlighting the depth of his suffering and the ultimate triumph over it. The New Covenant perspective invites us to find solace and hope in the midst of our own struggles, knowing that Jesus has experienced our pain and is present with us in our darkest moments.

Section 1: The Cry of Suffering and Abandonment (vs 1-5)

"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, so far from my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but You do not answer, by night, and I have no rest. Yet You are enthroned as the Holy One; You are the praise of Israel. In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were saved; in You they trusted and were not disappointed."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 27:46 "About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'"


Section 2: Trusting in God's Faithfulness (vs 6-11)

"But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they sneer and shake their heads: 'He relies on the LORD; let the LORD deliver him; let the LORD rescue him, since he delights in Him.' Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me secure at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother's womb You have been my God."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Matthew 27:39-43 "Those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!' In the same way, the chief priests, scribes, and elders mocked Him. 'He saved others,' they said, 'but He cannot save Himself! He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.'"


Section 3: A Cry for Deliverance (vs 12-21)

"Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. They open their jaws against me like a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed. My heart is like wax; it melts away within me. My strength 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 my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; they stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. But You, O LORD, be not 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 dogs. Save me from the mouth of the lion; at the horns of the wild oxen, You have answered me!"

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 19:23-24 "When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His garments and divided them into four parts, with a part for each soldier, and the tunic remaining was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said to one another, 'Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.' This was to fulfill the Scripture: 'They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.'"



Psalm 22, viewed through a New Covenant, Christ-focused perspective, is a prophetic lament that points directly to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The opening cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" is uttered by Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:46), expressing His intense suffering as He bore the weight of humanity's sin.

The psalmist's graphic description of his physical torment, including piercing of hands and feet, and the casting lots for his clothes, prophesies the specific details of Christ's crucifixion (John 19:23-24, John 20:25). However, this psalm also anticipates Christ's victory over death. 

The deliverance of the suffering servant and his subsequent declaration of God's name to his brethren, mirrors the resurrection of Jesus and the spreading of the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20).

The vision of all the ends of the world turning to the Lord foreshadows the universal impact of Christ's sacrifice, while the promise that future generations will be told about the Lord signifies the everlasting influence of Christ's redemptive work. Thus, Psalm 22 is a powerful prophetic passage that foreshadows the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.