Before he gets to that, he takes the next ten or so verses praying to the Lord in Psalm 22:11-21. He’s not silent – he doesn’t stop. And even though that’s the case, the psalmist is not getting an answer from the Lord. 2 O my God, I cry by x day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. The second part, because of the significant rescue of Israel, was probably added only in the post-exilic period. The author states that the word has two different meanings when comparing Psalm 22:16 and Isaiah 38:13. Required fields are marked *. Writing and Reading the Scroll of Isaiah: Studies of an Interpretative Tradition, p. 412-413. And now here at the end he also compares them to strong horned wild oxen (the KJV’s “unicorns”). Now, at this point the psalmist changes his focus from himself back to his enemies in Psalm 22:16-18. Psalm 22 / Refrain: Be not far from me, O Lord. The psalms of lament comprise the largest category of psalms, making up about one third of the entire book of Psalms. Open to Psalm 22. Or something along those lines! [a reproach of men/people insult me], and [despised of the people/despise me]. 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. "Thou hast heard me" beautifully contrasts with the previous (Psalms 22:2) "thou hearest not;" God making the very words of His complaining to become the words of His thanksgiving. God’s dealt with them. Our hearts are inside us. In fact, I think it’s best to see Psalm 22:23-24 as the content of the psalmist’s praising of the Lord to his brothers. Sometimes, the sufferings of the godly bring a special pleasure to the hearts of the godless. And what is it that will enact the kind of dynamics we see in Psalm 22:27-28 – of world-wide praising of the Lord – if it’s not the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Messiah not just of the Jews, but of the whole world? Ayelet Hashachar (Hebrew: "hind of the dawn") is found in the title of the psalm. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? 22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The word light is found 264 times in Scripture. Thank you for your hard work and effort putting this together. In great detail, the psalm describes the suffering and death of Jesus that would take place 1,000 years later. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. As if when you’re reading this psalm these various things are unfolding at this very moment. Open to Psalm 22. Now, the psalmist turns in his prayer from considering his enemies and their strength to now considering himself and his relative extreme weakness in Psalm 22:14-15. That kind of taunting of godless people when we’re suffering really aims at making us even doubt the reality of that God and the reality of our relationship to him. But when I looked at that particular psalm I thought that it might be more appropriate for a teaching time and that Psalm 22 would be more fitting for a time like tonight – a worship service where everyone is expecting more of a preaching emphasis rather than simply teaching. [6] Some, however, understand by the name some instrument of music, or an allegorical allusion to the subject of the psalms. In the Liturgy of the Hours, with the suppression of Prime, it was reassigned the Office of the middle of the day (Terce, Sext, or None) on Friday of the third week.[23]. 25 My praise shall be [of/from/because of/due to] thee in the great [congregation/assembly]: I will [pay my vows/fulfill my promises] before [them that fear him/the Lord’s loyal followers]. 3 Yet you are y holy, z enthroned on a the praises 1 of Israel. "[22], In the Divine Office, the psalm is said on Fridays at Prime. So, first let’s consider the psalmist’s lament in Psalm 22:1-10. But is Psalm 22 Such a Prediction? Commenting on Esther 5:1, Rabbi Levi is quoted saying that, as Esther passed through the hall of idols on the way to the throne room to plead with the king, she felt the Shekhinah (divine presence) leaving her, at which point she quoted Psalm 22:1 saying "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me."[5]. An Exposition of Psalm 22 287 timately found that God had heard his cries for help and had an- swered him. Now, I’d be surprised if we didn’t have anyone in this position in our midst. The author of Hebrews identifies Christ as uttering the words of Psalm 22:22. O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. Our Sages (Mid. And yet, we’re not to the psalmist’s praise section just yet. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Why are [29], In the King James Version, the use of small caps for L. Talmud Bavli, Tractate Megillah, Schottenstein Ed., Mesorah Publications, New York, 1991; page 15b2, footnote 16 explains that Psalm 22 contains prophetic references to Esther. Jesus Christ your Lord. Now that he’s promised to praise the Lord for his deliverance, he’s going to admonish those brothers of his to praise the Lord themselves. If they’re silly enough to do something like that, they need to be ready for the consequences. I think it’s very likely that we have several people in here who struggle with feeling abandoned by God. Realizing that Psalms can be predictive, it is important to note just how predictive Psalm 22 … Revere him, all the race of Israel!' In the most general sense, Psalm 22 is about a person who is crying out to God to save him from the taunts and torments of his enemies, and (in the last ten verses) thanking God for rescuing him. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. What exactly that is, I do not know. Don’t be surprised when it happens to you. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. The psalm logically divides into five segments. There are combinations of different words, hidden in Psalm 22, which, by their O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. You just wonder – Did these priests and rulers actually know what they were doing when they referenced Psalm 22:8? 2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. He compares these enemies of his to animals. 5 They cried unto thee, and were [delivered/saved]: they trusted in thee, and were not [confounded/disappointed]. Why are you so v far from saving me, from the words of my w groaning? To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. That’s why the psalmist pictures the Lord as it were seated on the praises of his people as their king. Psalm 22 # In Hebrew texts 22:1-31 is numbered 22:2-32. 3. And this praying of his is desperate. In verse 4 "clean hands and a pure heart" means righteous. 2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. Trouble that makes it appear even to them that the Lord had indeed abandoned the psalmist. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. ], whose it shall be [”] : [Why did this happen?] His throne, in the psalmist’s eye, is actually made of praise. It is still included in many parts of the Anglican Communion. [27], The second part of the psalm is the gratitude of the petitioner in the light of his salvation (v. 22) in the context of Israel (v. 26-27) and expands in worship YHWH the perspective of the peoples of the world that impressed God's action should show. Commentary on Psalm 22:22-31 (Read Psalm 22:22-31) The Saviour now speaks as risen from the dead. [2], The psalm is also interpreted as referring to the plight of the Jewish people and their distress and alienation in exile. And when those in the great congregation of true believers hear the psalmist’s praise and when they see him paying his vows to the Lord, they’ll respond according to Psalm 22:26. The main cycle of liturgical prayers takes place over four weeks. 2000. What does Psalm 22:16 mean? In Matthew 27:46 we have recorded: KJV Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? It is also the word used in (Isaiah 41:14) in the servant songs of Isaiah. He would certainly praise the Lord among his fellow-followers of YAHWEH. He prays night and day. Both the living and the dead will praise the Lord who rules over all. It really is a rather difficult picture to piece together in the life of the psalmist. The psalmist has already compared his enemies to bulls and lions. (Christians view Jesus as an atoning sacrifice. And the sinless Lord Jesus, Who is God in the flesh, took upon Himself every sin we committed and every violation of God's perfect Law - together with the inherent sin we received from our forefathers and the inherited sin nature we received as part of Adam's fallen race. So was the psalmist. How did the psalmist know that God heard and answered him? See "Names of Deity," (Q) What is the meaning of Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 22:44? The psalm itself matches no specific incident in David's life; instead, it is a symbolic description of his anguish over what seems to be unanswered prayers for deliverance (Psalm 22:1–2). Jun 13, 2020 - Let’s attempt a Psalm 22 Summary. The original psalm (v. 2-22/23) is thought to date from the pre-exilic period, that is, before the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 587 BC. The Lord has heard and answered his lament and prayer. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? This prayer is passionate and it’s persistent. 22:1-10 The Spirit of Christ, which was in the prophets, testifies in this psalm, clearly and fully, the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. And likewise I would have assumed that the “garments” and the “vesture” were two different words identifying the same material. Mt. 29 All they that be [fat/prosperous/thriving] upon earth shall [eat/join the celebration] and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: [and/even/including] none can keep alive his own soul. The exact meaning is unclear.[8]. [10][11], Verse 4 is part of the opening paragraph of Uva letzion. So, the psalmist reminds himself – and of course he’s praying this back to the God whom he feels has abandoned him – that God is holy. But somehow that Messiah would die and yet after that be able to praise the Lord in the midst of his brothers. The psalmist pictures his enemies not only as strong bulls but also as lions who are opening their mouths wide to devour him. It’s not perfect, but it’s real. [”] These things therefore the soldiers did. [And then they reference Psalm 22:8.] Now, as I say, we’re currently in the lament section of this psalm. BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD: The Holy Bible: King James Version. When he was in the womb, the Lord had been so gracious to him. But if I did that then I would be completely ignoring the point made by the apostle John who wrote the fourth Gospel in our Bible. And no doubt the psalmist’s heart was to praise this holy God of his and to contribute to this metaphorical throne of praise, though for the moment he’s feeling abandoned by this one whom he would otherwise wholeheartedly praise. KJV Psalm 22:1 . This being the case, it is clear that Psalms can and do point forward prophetically to future fulfillments, at least sometimes messianic fulfillments. (3-5) Remembrance of God’s nature and prior help. Namely, they trusted God and cried to him and he responded to them by delivering them. But this very verse is applied again to Jesus Christ. And I would normally be inclined – with what I think I know about Hebrew poetry – to have thought that the actions of “parting” and of “casting lots” was basically the same thing stated with different words. And so it seems like the trajectory of this psalm is getting more and more positive. But great difference exists as to the meaning of these words. In Psalm 22 we get surprising glimpses of our Lord Jesus Christ. And then when he transitions to God’s delivering him and his response of praise, he wants us to be able to forget all about the enemies as if they aren’t there anymore. So, if you’re feeling abandoned by God because he’s not answering your prayers, you can take some measure of comfort in knowing that both the psalmist here in Psalm 22 and Jesus Christ your Lord experienced the same grief. Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? In Jesus’ case, the typical functioning of poetry with its parallelism seems to be applied in a more literal sense. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? So, what do you do when your relationship with God is called into question by those who mean you harm and want to mock you? Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. We have a sorrowful complaint of God's withdrawings. 13 They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion. why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? The point is that the sinless Son of God experienced this kind of torturous reality. Psalms 22. The kingdom is Jehovah's. Psalm 22, a Psalm written by King David, is dramatic and unusual in a number of ways. Psalm 22 … 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. great work here. And surely, the psalmist would have performed the actions he’s speaking of. [24] Further analysis also recognizes verses 4–6 as part of the later addition, and finds a third layer of editorial development in verses 28–32. 8 [He trusted on the LORD/Commit yourself to the Lord] that [he would/let him/let the Lord] [deliver/rescue] him: let [him/the Lord] [deliver/rescue] him, [seeing/for] he delighted in him. So, we’ll give the next few minutes to considering Psalm 22 where we see someone who at some point felt abandoned by God being answered by God. Having finished that book we’re now in the book of Jeremiah. Psalm 22 has “an intensity and a comprehensiveness” that is almost unequaled among psalms of this type. They’re hungry and will tear their prey. Answer: Psalm 22:16 reads, “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.” The phrase “pierced my hands and feet” along with the context, is likely the clearest prophecy of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the Hebrew Scriptures. you really tried giving details and deeper evaluation and interpretation . Eberhard Bons (2007). 20 Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog. 27 All the ends of the world shall [remember/acknowledge] and turn unto the LORD: and all the [kindreds/families] of the nations shall worship before thee. Let’s attempt a Psalm 22 Summary. Now, part of what makes this feeling of abandonment so much more difficult is that we know certain things about God – what he’s like and how he operates. What does Psalm 22:18 mean? The first words of the complaint were used by Christ himself upon the cross; the first words of the triumph are expressly applied to him, Hebrews 2:12. This may be applied to any child of God, pressed down, overwhelmed with grief and terror. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes,[15] and H A Ironside [16] a point out that the word use for worm in 'I am a worm and not a man' (Psalm 22:6) is 'tola,' [17] a middle eastern worm that lives in a tree and is crushed for its red dye, also translated crimson. This is also the relationship that the Lord has had with us who are his. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. To many it appears to describe the crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) in great detail, even speaking of … And actually this praise will go beyond the great congregation of Israel. The enemies are living and breathing and threatening the life of the psalmist. This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 14:23. And so, we have tended to see this cry as unique to Jesus. (disambiguation), Parallel Latin/English Psalter / Psalmus 21 (22), "Isaiah 41 / Hebrew - English Bible / Mechon-Mamre", "Shiur #22: Psalm 22 - "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me" Complaint, Supplication, and Thanksgiving Appendix: Psalm 22 and Purim",,,,, "La distribution des Psaumes dans la Règle de Saint Benoît", International Music Score Library Project, Psalm 22 in Parallel English (JPS translation) and Hebrew. Psalms 22. The prophecies of Psalm 22 Psalm 22 is a particularly appropriate passage of the Hebrew Bible in which to commence a search for a hidden revelation of the Messiah, starting with His name Yeshua, meaning “The Lord saves”, and His title Messiah (anointed one) in the original Hebrew. Consider these enriching treasures of truth. Rather, in both cases there is the sudden and abrupt rescue of the petitioner by God (in the New Testament through Jesus' resurrection). Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Megillah, page 15b (Vilna edition). But I do know that the psalmist wants to bring us along in the emotion of each of these sections as if it were happening right then and there. No fellow man is there to help him and many are there to harm him. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 22. Jewish interpretations of Psalm 22 identify the individual in the psalm with a royal figure, usually King David or Queen Esther. Ver. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews say Psalm 22 at the beginning of the evening service on Purim night. 10 I was cast upon thee [from/since] [the womb/birth]: thou [art/have been] my God from my mother’s [belly/womb]. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. Psalm 22 is known as one of the three Shepherd Psalms (Psalms 22, 23, and 24; Read: Following the Good, Great, and Chief Shepherd) Psalm 22 is also prophetic and gives a “picture” of the cross from the perspective of our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. In the recent literature, however, it is argued that "Hind of Dawn" cultic role of the priest designated person acting as menatseach, as head of the ritual. Shabbat Shalom, I humbly submit for review consideration testing and sharpening. Frank-Lothar Hossfeld; Erich Zenger (1993). [27], In the New Testament Jesus cites Psalm 22 shortly before his death on the cross, to make himself the psalm petitioner, and to own, according to Jewish tradition, the entire contents of the psalm. Sometimes these people get gored by these wild beasts! A Psalm of David. – when the king of Heaven’s Kingdom – the Lord to whom this kingdom belongs – came and died for our sins and rose for our justification. Well, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not the only one who’s ever experienced this. Complaints of discouragement. 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