Being the vertically-challenged person that I am, I frequently have trouble seeing things that many other people see easily. The predictions made in this Psalm are easy to see no matter what your measurements are on the vertical chart. David is writing prophetically as he paraphrases many of the last words and details surrounding Jesus’ death. The part we examined was the meaning behind Jesus’ coming to earth. We get the redemptive part, but couldn’t He just as easily have made that happen from up in heaven? Why did He choose to come to earth? The text (as well as many New Testament examples) seems to argue that Jesus came to identify with us… to be one of us… human. He came to show us another way – that life did not have to merely be the emotions and circumstances of the day. And also to show us that He identified with those same emotions and circumstances.
1. Why do you think Jesus felt abandoned by God (as v. 1 mentions here) when He was on the cross?
2. Can you think of any Bible examples (say, from Genesis) of people who called out to God and were rescued?
3. Why would God rescue some and not others?
4. In what way can our daily breath be seen as a recurring rescue?
5. How does hardship assist us in experiencing the reality of Jesus’ presence?
6. Comparatively how would you say Jesus’ suffering on the cross relates to your worst day?
7. Is it appropriate to ask for delivery from struggle?
8. How should we respond when we are not delivered?
9. What does it mean to praise God?
10. How does praising God help us when times are tough?
For some extra insights follow the link to this commentary… Psalm 22.