Study Guide – Psalm 22:9-18

 

 


Psalm22-9-18
Yet
you brought me out of the womb;


    you
made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.


10 From birth I
was cast on you;


    from
my mother’s womb you have been my God.

 

Considering what David has
already said, what is he trying to say here? How could you restate verses 9-10
in your own words?

 

11 Do
not be far from me,


    for
trouble is near


    and
there is no one to help.

12 Many
bulls surround me;


    strong
bulls of Bashan encircle me.


13 Roaring
lions that tear their prey


    open
their mouths wide against me.


14 I am poured out
like water,


    and
all my bones are out of joint.


My heart has turned to wax;


    it
has melted within me.


15 My mouth is
dried up like a potsherd,


    and
my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;


    you
lay me in the dust of death.

 

Verses 11-15 are visually
descriptive. Take a moment to visualize each line and to consider the
circumstance that each could describe.

 

16 Dogs surround
me,


    a
pack of villains encircles me;


    they
pierce my hands and my feet.


17 All my bones are on
display;


    people
stare and gloat over me.


18 They divide my
clothes among them


    and
cast lots for my garment. NIV

 

Psalm 22 is descriptive of
David’s personal experiences, but it also carries a prophetic voice. What
specific details in verses 16-18 are prophetic? What specific details from the
first 15 verses are prophetic?

 

Read Hebrews 4:15-16. How
does this relate to Psalm 22?

 

::::: Application Challenge
:::::

If someone were to ask you
if the Gospel was in Psalm 22, what would you tell them? Why would you say
that?

 


—— Psalms Study Guide

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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