12/24 Psalm 22:1-2,9-10,18-31 Messianic Psalms
（Memorization Scripture: vv.25-28）
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?
2 O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.
9 But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother's breasts.
10I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother's womb You have been My God.
18 They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.
19 But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me.
22 I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
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.
25 My praise shall be of You in the great assembly;
I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.
26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord.
Let your heart live forever!
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.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s,
And He rules over the nations.
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.
30 A posterity shall serve Him.
It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation,
31 They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born,
That He has done this.
[Sharing] Psalm 22 is a Messianic Psalm known as the Psalm of the Cross. Deeply lonely and helpless, in his struggle David questioned, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?” (v. 1) But then David remembered that the Lord is the one who brought him out of the womb, that he can trust in Him, and that his life was in God’s hand. He began to learn to praise the Lord, saying, “In the midst of the assembly I will praise You...My praise shall be of You in the great assembly...all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” (vv. 22-28)When his eyes became fixed upon God, his spiritual life was transformed from lament to a song of praise.
As we know now, all the afflictions described by David here -- from being rejected by God and being scoffed, despised and shamed, to the bitterness that came from evil men piercing his hands and feet, dividing his garments among themselves, and casting lots for his clothing -- were all fulfilled in Jesus. As it is written in Isaiah 53, “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5) So “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Hallelujah, praise the Lord! His cross is not only the way we should take but also the way out provided by the Lord.
12/24 詩篇22:1-2, 9-10, 18-31 彌賽亞詩篇
1 我的 神！我的 神！為什麼離棄我？
2 我的 神啊，我白日呼求，
10 我自出母胎就被交在祢手裡；從我母親生我，祢就是我的 神。
詩篇22篇是一首彌賽亞詩或稱十字架的詩篇。大衛藉著詩歌在 神面前傾訴自己的苦情，他深感孤單無助、在掙扎中他質問說「我的 神！我的 神！為什麼離棄我？為什麼遠離不救我，不聽我唉哼的言語？」（1節）但大衛思想到的是 神叫他出母腹的，使他有依靠的心，並且一生都在 神的手中。他開始學習讚美 神，他說：“在會中我要讚美祢……我在大會中讚美祢的話是從祢而來的……列國的萬族都要在祢面前敬拜。” （22-28節）當他的目光聚焦在 神的身上時，他的屬靈生命就開始轉彎從哀歌變成讚歌。
殊不知，大衛一切的感受，如被 神棄絕，被眾人嗤笑、藐視、羞辱，仇敵扎他的手和腳，拈鬮分祂的衣服等等苦楚，全部都應驗在耶穌的身上。正如以賽亞書第53章裡提到的「祂誠然擔當我們的憂患，背負我們的痛苦，我們卻以為祂受責罰，被 神擊打苦待了。哪知祂為我們的過犯受害，為我們的罪孽壓傷。因祂受的刑罰我們得平安，因祂受的鞭傷我們得醫治。」（賽53:4-5）如今祂還給我們開了一條又新又活的路，讓我們「只管坦然無懼地來到施恩的寶座前，為要得憐恤，蒙恩惠，做隨時的幫助。」（來4:16）