Psalms 22:1 – 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?
We studied Psalm 22 last night in our Bible class. This Psalm is about Jesus’ death on the cross and His gospel that is preached afterwards. But in this Psalm we learn about the intimate relationship that Jesus had with His Father. It is a relationship we all can have with God the Father now because of what Jesus endured at the cross.
The Psalm begins with the question, “Why have You forsaken me?” Jesus, during the most horrible and dark time of His life, felt forsaken and abandoned by God. Verse 1 says that God seems so “far” from Him. Jesus’ requests in verse 11 and verse 19 show what He is thinking. He asks the Father not to be far from Him. That tells us again that Jesus feels at this point that God is far from Him.
But was God “far” from Jesus at the cross? Did God “hide His face” from Jesus at the cross? Was Jesus “forsaken” by the Father at the cross?
Read verse 24 of this Psalm, and you will see the answer:
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
Read that again. Slowly. God did not hide His face from Jesus, even at the cross. Even at the darkest moment of humanity, even when Jesus the innocent and holy Lamb was taking upon His shoulders the sins of the entire planet, God did not hide from Him. God was very near to Jesus, even at the cross. Jesus, like many other followers of God, felt abandoned, but was never abandoned.
Verse 21 also shows that God answered and rescued Jesus.
So, when Jesus promised you and me that “I will never leave you or forsake you,” can you believe it (Hebrews 13:5-6)? Will God ever abandon you? When you are at the darkest moments you can possibly imagine as a follower of Jesus, will God forsake you? Never.