My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?… I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads…a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet…They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. – Psalm 22
Before he became King, David endured intense physical and emotional distress. He was relentlessly pursued by then King Saul and his armies through the dry desert.
The Bible says in 1 Sam 23:14 “…Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.”
Imagine being on the run and in fear for your life from a person you honor though he was trying to kill you!
David wrote Psalm 22 during one of those times of intense suffering, a Psalm that clearly foretells of our precious Savior Yeshua Jesus’ suffering as He faced the Cross of Golgotha. It takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus sweat drops of blood….
“And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.” – Luke 22:44
My friend, Jesus is FULLY GOD and yet, FULLY MAN. He suffered pain, humiliation and death for our sake. And in His ultimate suffering, He fully understands ours. And He will bring you through the dry deserts of this life. Jesus’ mission cost Him His life because His mission was to save us. He endured the Cross for us.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13