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Psalm 22 is a Messianic psalm.  In short, it is a prophetical psalm of the sacrifice our Savior made for our lives. No one can truly understand the depth of sacrifice our Savior must have endured; until we realize that Christ did not dread the torture of his sacrifice.  Christ did not dread the actual physical death–no, he dreaded being separated from the Father! After an eternity of constant fellowship, Christ endured the spiritual separation from God that epitomizes hell.  In that separation–there was no rest, no end to suffering and no hope.  It was the truest emptiness anyone could endure.   

In that reality, our hope lies–we now need not live separated from God.  God demonstrated his love for us–in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8. He endured the cross and the spiritual separation, so that we would not have to.  David articulated the emotional side of the sacrifice. But we can express the true joy of knowing he is our Savior. In this season where we celebrate his birth, only those who know him and understand why he was born that Christmas day; can truly embrace this gift as the real and greatest Christmas gift of all.

God Bless You

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[b]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[c]
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”