God Gives David Endurance to Win The Battle

John Scudder, a promising young physician in New York, while visiting one of his patients one day picked up a tract on the table and read it. The result was that he and his wife went to India as missionaries. Their nine children all became missionaries in that land. By this time … More

Endurance

This psalm might have been written when David was cornered by Saul in the wilderness. He could have easily have thought that even God had abandoned him. However, he soon learned otherwise as in the providence of God, Israel was invaded, Saul had to give his attention to that attack and he was forced to call off his search for David. The strong personal feelings reveal a bitter experience but the statements go far beyond anything David personally experienced. God gave David endurance to win the battle and then gave him honor and majesty from the victory (vv. 1-7). David rejoiced in God’s strength and salvation (v. 1) and in His presence with him (v. 6).

When we compare what is written here with the story of the crucifixion the Psalmist gives a more vivid description of the sufferings of Christ on the cross than do the authors of the gospels. David was obviously enduring some great trial, but through his suffering he like the Messiah to come, gained victory. The church has understood this psalm to be a topology of the death of Jesus Christ. It does not include one word of confession of sin or revenge against the enemies. It is primarily to the account of a righteous man who was being put to death by wicked men.

Jesus quoted verse 1 on the cross (Matt. 27:46). This passage helps us understand what was involved in our Lord’s being forsaken on the cross (vv. 1-5). A description is given of how Jesus was despised by the people and denied His legal rights as He was arrested, tried illegally and considered guilty before the case was even heard (vv. 6-10). Although in certain respects this may be said of every individual, it is most appropriate for the Christ to say (cf. Lk 2:40, 49, 52). God the Son and God the Father had never been separated until that eventful moment at Calvary.

Application

How long has it been since I have thought through what our Lord actually endured on the cross for my sins? Thank you Lord for Your willingness to die on the cross for me.

Psalms 22:1-10 (English Standard Version)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; "He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!" Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God.

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