1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4 In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8 “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” – Psalm 22:1-8
When Jesus cried out to the Father on the cross, He used the words that open this psalm. At the moment of His greatest trial and anguish, it was the words of Scripture that came from His lips. In a stroke of irony, one of the Gospel accounts also mention a spectator who quoted from this psalm as well. Yet he quoted verse 8 in a mocking fashion. The whole psalm is a study in the mighty plan of God for us, you and me. Jesus was willing to suffer and be in agony for you and me. He didn’t just play out some passion narrative; He was touched by real suffering and despair. This is why He is there for us in our deepest trials and our loneliest moments. He knows what it is like. He has been in your shoes and He is with you even now. Lean on the one who is closer than a brother.