Psalm 22:6 “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people.”
[Here David experiences powerlessness in the rejection of those around him, and turns to God for support. This foreshadows what Jesus experienced 1000 years later in a much greater way: rejected by his own people, betrayed by two of His disciples, abandoned by them all, and turned away from by His Father–yet trusting Him.]
Psalm 22:7 “All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads:”
[This is precisely what happened to Jesus, when even those crucified with Him mocked Him. Matt. 27:39 “Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads….”]
Psalm 22:8 “He trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
[Again, just what the Pharisees said to Jesus in Matt. 27:43 “He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.”
They insulted the Creator and Sustainer of all as He hung on the cross. But you, Lord Jesus, saw the greater picture and chose not to defend or vindicate yourself to men by saving yourself; instead you stayed on the cross to save them.]
And now you call us to follow your example, to trust in you as you trusted in your Father, to suffer the scorn of men, knowing that you will deliver us because you delight in us—but not in ways that the world would expect, or that we might want. We must persevere through the dark and cold days, knowing that warmth will come.
We praise you, Lord God, that your ways are higher than our ways. You truly see the big picture and will work things out in your perfect understanding, timing and wisdom.
Praise you, Lord Jesus, my great Shepherd, for the wonderful, profound, powerful and complete way you provide for us. Our role is to find our shelter, our help and our rest in you: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”(Ps. 91:1-2).
Help us to be like David, embracing our weakness so we can rest in your greatness.