Read Psalm 22 today.
Why is the psalmist in pain and suffering?
For whom is he dying?
What is the expected outcome of this torture?
Sacrificial love is the ultimate act of love.
As you reflect on this, pray in these ways and any other way the Holy Spirit leads.
Pray a prayer of gratefulness to God that he sent Jesus to die for your sins.
Pray that God brings you closer to him as you continue your commitment to continue working through these 90 days of prayer.
Pray that God provides opportunities for you to share his glory through you with others.
Pray that God provides relief to all those suffering from afflictions in your family, your community, and all around the world.
A Prophetic Portrait of the Cross
For the Pure and Shining One
David’s song of anguish
To the tune of “The Deer at the Dawning of the Day”
1 God, my God!
Why would you abandon me now?
2 Why do you remain distant,
refusing to answer my tearful cries in the day
and my desperate cries for your help in the night?
I can’t stop sobbing.
Where are you, my God?
3 Yet I know that you are most holy.
You are God-Enthroned, the praise of Israel.
4 Our fathers’ faith was in you--
through the generations they trusted in you
and you came through.
5 Every time they cried out to you in their despair,
you were faithful to deliver them;
you didn’t disappoint them.
6 But I am like a worm,
crushed and bleeding crimson,
treated as less than human.
I’ve been despised and scorned by everyone!
7 Mocked by their jeers, despised with their sneers,
as all the people poke fun at me, spitting their insults,
8 saying, “Is this the one who trusted in God?
Now let’s see if Yahweh will come to your rescue!
Let’s see how much he delights in him!”
9 Lord, you delivered me safely from my mother’s womb.
You are the one who cared for me ever since I was a baby.
10Since the day I was born, I’ve been placed in your custody.
You’ve cradled me throughout my days,
and you’ve always been my God.
11So don’t leave me now, for trouble is all around me,
and there’s no one to help me.
12I’m surrounded by many violent foes like bulls;
forces of evil encircle me like the strong bulls of Bashan.
13Like ravenous, roaring lions tearing their prey,
they pour curses from their mouths.
14Now I’m completely exhausted.
Every joint of my body has been pulled apart.
My courage has melted away.
15I’m so thirsty and parched.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.
And now you lay me in the dust of death.
16They have pierced my hands and my feet.
Like a pack of wild dogs they tear at me,
swirling around me with their hatred.
A band of evil men surrounds me.
17I can count all my bones.
Look at how they gloat over me and stare!
18With a toss of the dice they divide my clothes among themselves,
gambling for my garments!
19Yahweh, please don’t stay far away.
My strength, come quickly to my rescue.
20Give me back my life.
Save me from this violent death.
Save my precious one and only
from the power of these dogs!
21Save me from all the power of the enemy,
from this roaring lion raging against me
and the power of his dark horde.
22I will declare your name before all my brothers
and praise you in the midst of the congregation.
23Those who fear Yahweh, praise him!
Let all the seed of Jacob glorify him with your praises.
Stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24For he has not despised my cries of deep despair.
He’s my first responder to my sufferings,
and when I was in pain,
he was there all the time and heard the cries of the afflicted.
25You’re the reason for my praise; it comes from you and goes to you.
I will keep my promise to praise you before all who fear you
among the congregation of your people.
26Let all the poor and broken eat until satisfied.
Bring Yahweh praise and you will find him.
May your hearts overflow with life forever!
27From the four corners of the earth,
the peoples of the world will remember and return to Yahweh.
Every nation will come and worship him.
28For Yahweh is King of all, who takes charge of all the nations.
29The wealthy of this world will feast in fellowship with him
right alongside the humble of heart,
bowing down to the dust, forsaking their own souls.
They will all come and worship this worthy King!
30His spiritual seed shall serve him.
Future generations will hear from us
about the wonders of the Victorious Lord.
31His generation yet to be born will glorify him.
And they will all declare, “It is finished!”