Messianic Psalms: Psalm 22

With broad strokes we can place Messianic Psalms into two groups.  There are Messianic Psalms, like Psalm 2, that have meaning for the king at the time of the writing and for the coming King. Secondly, there are Messianic Psalms that only find their fulfillment in Jesus, the Messiah.


From my perspective, Psalm 22 is a pure prophetic and Messianic Psalm about Jesus the Messiah and his crucifixion.


Bruce Waltke, in referring to Messianic Psalms, beautifully states, “The Messianic Psalms are royal robes waiting for the King who fits them perfectly.  Jesus alone is the King worthy to wear these Psalms.”


Genesis walks us through God’s development of His kingdom on earth.


The earth was considered ‘the serpent’s” kingdom.


God’s kingdom was in the hands of Adam and Eve.


The serpent would bruise her heal but she would bruise his head.


I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”  Genesis 3:15


Kingdom of God would be established through Eve’s offspring…….


Seth not Cane.


Shem not Ham or Japheth


Isaac not Ishmael

Jacob not Esau

Judah not the other eleven tribes.

David (His house will endure forever)

Jesus, the Eternal Son.


Of David it is said:


  • 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 2 Samuel 7:16
  • “His offspring (Jesus) shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me.”  Psalm 89:36


Jesus is identified as the son of David by Matthew, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”  Matthew 1:1


The robes of the Messianic Psalms perfectly fit Messiah Jesus, the son of David.


The only Person Psalm 22 “fits” is Jesus, the son of David and at His crucifixion is the only time it “fits.”


This prophetic Psalm is beautiful and agonizing to behold.


One perspective of the poetic flow of this Psalm is of a three-stanza hymn of ten verses each (verse 11 is a transition)


Psalm 22:1-10             Lament with Praise


1-5 abandoned by God finds confidence in God’s past faithfulness to fathers

6-10 abandoned by people confidence in God’s past faithfulness to himself (9)


Psalm 22:11                Transitional Request for Presence


Psalm 22:12-21           Lament with Prayer


Psalm 22:22-31           Praise


My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises[a] of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.



Matthew 27:46




















Isaiah 53:1-3



Matthew 27:39, 27:31




Matthew 27:43






















This is the experience of a crucified person, not one being stoned to death.









Matthew 27:38



John 19: 23, 34, 37



Matthew 27:36


Matthew 27:35