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Reading Psalm 22 and Surveying the Wondrous Cross.

Devotional Thoughts from Psalm 22:8-15



Psalm 22:8–15

8  He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him:

Let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

9  But thou art he that took me out of the womb:

Thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.

10  I was cast upon thee from the womb:

Thou art my God from my mother’s belly.

11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near;

For there is none to help.

12 Many bulls have compassed me:

Strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

13 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.



“When I survey the wondrous cross  On which the Prince of glory died,  My richest gain I count but loss,  And pour contempt on all my pride.”
Isaac Watts

It is as though David through the inspiration of God surveyed the wondrous cross in Psalm 22.


First were the words Christ would say in the midst of his suffering,


My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Psalm 22:1 (Fulfilled in Matthew 27:46)

Now David sees the crowds as they surround our Lord and mock him (Psalm 22: 7, 12-13). They are mocking him as they say,


“He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.” Psalm 22:8

Matthew records the fulfillment of what David described


Matthew 27:43 “He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.”

Oh, if they only knew that the suffering man, they ridiculed was willingly remaining there in order to deliver them! David saw Jesus suffering thirst and dehydration in verses 14 and 15.


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.
Psalm 22:14-15

My Jesus said, “I thirst” while suffering according to John 19:28.

The creator of every ocean and stream suffered thirst so that we could have living water.


David through inspiration surveyed the wondrous cross a thousand years before it happened and recorded it in this Psalm. Please take the time to consider it now and be reverent, because in this Psalm we too are surveying the wondrous cross.


I have to agree with Isaac Watts who by faith in the Word of God, surveyed the wondrous cross and closed his hymn this way

Were the whole realm of nature mine,  That were a present far too small.  Love so amazing, so divine,  Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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