Study Guide – Psalm 22:9-18



you brought me out of the womb;

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

10 From birth I
was cast on you;

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,

trouble is near

there is no one to help.

12 Many
bulls surround me;

bulls of Bashan encircle me.

13 Roaring
lions that tear their prey

their mouths wide against me.

14 I am poured out
like water,

all my bones are out of joint.

My heart has turned to wax;

has melted within me.

15 My mouth is
dried up like a potsherd,

my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

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

pack of villains encircles me;

pierce my hands and my feet.

17 All my bones are on

stare and gloat over me.

18 They divide my
clothes among them

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


—— 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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