Scripture Reading: Psalm 16
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
Forsaken—loosen, leave, neglect, abandon. Not responding to my cries.
Roaring—outcries of misery, painful wail of an animal.
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Leave—same as forsaken—abandon to the power of hell/the pit/grave. Sheol.
See corruption—experience destruction, similar word also meaning pit or grave. Pleasures—fulness of joy. Resurrection. Goodness and mercy will follow forever
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Forsaken—leave behind, desert. Hebrews 13:5—I will never forsake thee
Mark 15:29-32—Look at context to see why He says it:
And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
Twice tell him to come down off cross-Satan’s temptation to get Him to skip this bit. See and believe—more signs, signs are never enough.
They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
Worm—neglected and despised, worse off than any of his people. Trusted on—rolled on. Let Him—the Lord—deliver him. There is no deliverance from Him, only mockery from the people, which feels like being forsaken.
Psalm 22:13-18—and remember: this is who you’re following
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a 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 in the midst of my bowels.15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.16 For dogs [barkers] have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Water, out of joint, melted wax—total goo, disintegration of anything solid by means of pain, sorrow, and grief. Dried/cleaveth/dust—dried up, no life, thirst for anything comforting. Look and stare—not only pain, but cruel attention, people enjoying the sport and the viewing of one in pain. Part—as one already dead.
But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
Abhorred—turned His face from, although for a time, He will set things right.
My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Satisfied—the goodness that hits the soul, not just fleshly taste. For ever—not transitory and temporal pleasure. Kindreds of nations—Gentiles will come too.
This isn’t the only life. He will set all things right and reward those who have suffered unfairly. Vindication. Commit your soul unto Him who judges righteously.