“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?” Psalm 22:1
When you compare Psalm 22 to the Gospels’ account of the crucifixion you begin to wonder if the participants were following a script.
Verse one contains Christ’s cry of despair, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Verse eight says, “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”, nearly identical to the words of derision spoken of Jesus by the Jewish leaders as he was hanging on the cross.
Verse fifteen says, “…and My tongue clings to My jaws…” On the cross Jesus is recorded to have cried out, “I thirst.” Which describes a fulfillment of the conditions of this verse.
Verse sixteen tells us, “…They pierced My hands and My feet…”, a reality that was precisely fulfilled by the Romans when they nailed Jesus to the cross.
In verse eighteen we find this prediction, “They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” This heartless act was fulfilled by the Roman soldiers just feet from the base of the cross where Jesus was hung.
If Christ had fulfilled just one or two of the specific predictions laid down in Psalm 22 it would have been extraordinary, providential, and miraculous but we’ve just sited that he fulfilled not one or two or even three predictions but five. I don’t know what the statistical odds against such an occurrence would be but I believe that they would be so remote that they could be cited in evidence against such a thing being possible. Yet it did happen. Jesus’ life and death fulfilled these predictions and many, many more.
Given that he’s already fulfilled the part of Psalm 22 that would have been most difficult and painful for him I believe that we can count on him fulfill the rest.
Because of what the Godhead has done the closing verses contain these promises and predictions: verse twenty-six says, “The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord.”, verse twenty-eight says, “For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations.”, verse twenty-nine says, “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.”, and verse thirty says, “A posterity shall serve Him.”
One day soon the redeemed of the world will witness the fulfillment of these verses. But we will be more than witnesses we’ll be part of the fulfillment. The poor among us , and the prosperous of the earth, shall eat at the Lord’s table and together we will worship and praise our Savior and our God. We shall be that posterity that will serve him as at last, and forever, Christ reigns uncontested over the vastness of all the universe.
O God we wait with anticipation, and long to be part of the great fulfillment of all your promises.