Psalm 22: A Psalm about Jesus Christ

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 132–133


Psalm 22 contains the words King David spoke or sang in response to what seemed like continual attacks from his enemies. Look for ways this psalm foretells what would happen to the Savior when he came in the flesh.

Understanding the Scriptures

Psalm 22

Forsaken me (v. 1)Turned away from me and left me alone 
Inhabitest (v. 3)Lives with 
Confounded (v. 5)Challenged 
Reproach of (v. 6)Rejected 
Despised (vv. 6, 24)Hated 
Laugh me to scorn (v. 7)Mock me 
Shoot out the lip (v. 7)Insult 
Compassed (vv. 12, 16)Surrounded 
Beset me round (v. 12)Surrounded me 
Gaped (v. 13)To open the mouth wide 
Ravening (v. 13)Reckless or careless eating 
Potsherd (v. 15)Piece of broken pottery 
Cleaveth (v. 15)Sticks 
Cast lots (v. 18)Play a game of chance 
Vesture (v. 18)Clothing 
Haste (v. 19)Hurry 
Abhorred (v. 24)To completely dislike 
Affliction, afflicted (v. 24)Troubles, troubled 
Pay my vows (v. 25)Keep my promises 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Psalm 22.

Activity A iconLook for Things about the Savior

Verses in Psalm 22

What Happened

References in Matthew 27

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6–8

16

18

  1. 1.

    In addition to Psalm 22, read Matthew 27:27–50. Make a chart in your notebook like the one shown here and record how verses from Psalm 22 were fulfilled in the life of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 27.

  2. 2.

    Beginning with verse 19 in Psalm 22, David expressed more hopeful feelings. Verses 19–31 are like a prayer, but they contain important truths. Choose something in verses 24–31 that explains why we would “declare” (v. 22), “praise” (vv. 22–23), “glorify” (v. 23), or “fear” (v. 23) the Savior for suffering in the way described in verses 1–18.