Why Have You Forsaken Me?
To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Deer of the Dawn.” A Psalm of David.
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?
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King David’s words in Psalm 22 were prophetic of the suffering and agony experienced by Jesus Christ during His crucifixion and sacrifice for our sins.
Jesus Christ, who never sinned, took our sins upon Himself. Because sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2), taking our sins gave Jesus a sense of being forsaken. He quoted these words of David’s anguish as He hung on the cross (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34).
For more about Christ’s sacrifice and the lessons we can learn from the words He spoke, see our articles “Seven Last Sayings of Jesus” and “Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani?”