Verse 1 – My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
Jesus, the Messiah, quoted this verse while hanging on the cross carrying our burden of sin (Matthew 27:46). It was not a cry of doubt, but an urgent cry to God. Please, don’t ever doubt that the One that died for you will ever forsake you!
Verse 2 – O My God, I cry in the day time, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.
Verse 3 – But You are holy, who inhabit the praises of Israel.
Verse 4 – Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them.
Verse 5 – They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.
Verse 6 – But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
David mentions that Israel’s forefathers had put their trust in God and were delivered time and again. They were not ashamed in doing so. Have you ever stood on your faith, knowing God would deliver you, while others mocked you? Don’t let the scorn from others change your attitude of who God is. He says He will deliver and He will not forsake. Who really cares what others say when you know God is on your side?
Verse 7 – All those who see Me laugh Me to scorn; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
Verse 8 – “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”
In Matthew, chapter 27, Jesus is delivered to Pilate. The same people who had been taught and healed by Jesus, now mocked Him; beat Him, and spit on Him. They wanted blood. They said if He truly was the Son of God, let Him rescue Himself. I am not sure, but it sounds like when David wrote this psalm, it was when Absalom had run David out of the palace. Absalom had bed one of Davids wives on the rooftop of the palace for all Israel to see. He had mocked his own father and turned Israel against him. These were the same people David had fought for and won many battles with. We can get discouraged, when the same people we have tried to help, turn on us. However, isn’t it ironic that these words were spoken about our Savior?
Verse 9 – But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made me trust when I was on My mother’s breast.
Verse 10 – I was cast upon You from birth. From my mother’s womb You have been My God.
Verse 11 – Not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
God’s love and concern for us did not begin the day we were born. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” God was talking directly to Jeremiah in these verses, but, if He knew Jeremiah before he was even formed in the womb, God certainly knew you before then, also! He also knew the purpose He designed for you, in this life. It’s our choice whether we choose to walk in it, or not (Isaiah 46:10).
Verse 12 – Many bulls have surrounded Me; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
The land of Bashan, located east of the Sea of Galilee was known for its strong and well-fed cattle (Amos 4:1).
Verse 13 – They gap at Me with their mouths, as a raging and roaring lion.
Verse 14 – I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me.
verse 15 – My strength is dried up like potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
Verse 16 – For dogs have surrounded Me; the assembly of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
Verse 17 – I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
Verse 18 – They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.
Isn’t it amazing how David wrote about what would happen to our Savior? These verses clearly describe what happened in Matthew 27:35 and the previous verses. Most of us will never end up beaten, homeless, and naked for all to see. This was not only a great humiliation but image the physical pain our Lord went through, for us!” The Jews went through this same humiliation during the Nazi holocaust.
Verse 19 – But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My strength, hasten to help Me!
Verse 20 – Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.
Verse 21 – Save Me from the lions mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me.
Verse 22 – I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.
David praised God among the Israelite’s because his private delivery deserved a public testimony. We are to tell others the good things God does for us, it will encourage them to hang in there. However, these verses are from the Christ.
Verse 23 – You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
Verse 24 – For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden His face from Him; but when He cried to Him, He heard.
These verses were written as though David was looking at Jesus as He hung on the cross. God did not despise how horrible His Son looked as He was crucified. He knew this punishment had a greater purpose that would involve the “Whole World!
Verse 25 – My praise shall be of You in the great congregation; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
Verse 26 – The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!
Verse 27 – All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
Verse 28 – For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations.
Verse 29 – All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.
Verse 30 – A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation.
Verse 31 – They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.
People that are not even born yet, are depending on this generation to teach the next, about our Lord. If people want their children to know Christ, they can’t just send them to church. Christianity has to become a lifestyle that the children see at home.