30 Days in Psalm 22 for Busy Mamas, Day 2:

30DaysPs22Day2Psalm 22 has much to teach us about Jesus’s suffering, and much to teach us about responding to our own suffering.

We’ll be looking at those lessons in more detail over the next four weeks, but today we’re going to look again at this psalm’s big picture. Tomorrow you’ll need some colored pencils as we start finding and marking specific words in the text.

Assignment: Pray, asking God to teach you from His Word.

Then read all of Psalm 22 again. (We will be reading this psalm many, many times.) If you want, you can follow the text in your Bible while you listen once again to the dramatic reading of the chapter from yesterday’s lesson. As you read, note four things:

1. What are the first words of this psalm?

2. What are the last words of the psalm?

3. What happens in the rest of the psalm that leads to such a dramatic change?

4. What verse is the turning point of the psalm?

We’ll look at Jesus’s example in much more detail, but even now, after just a couple readings, what can we learn from what we see Him doing in this psalm?

For your children:

  • Explain to your children that Psalm 22 is about Jesus as He is dying on the cross.
  • Read Psalm 22:1 to them and explain that Jesus is crying out to His Father for help, but His Father has turned His face away from Him while He takes on the sins of the whole world. In His love for us, He is allowing His Son to suffer the punishment that we deserve for our sins.
  • Then read the last four words of Psalm 22:31. “He has done it!” God accomplished His plan! He provided a way for man to be reconciled to Him!
  • If you own The Jesus Storybook Bible (if you don’t, you should :-)), read the chapter entitled “The Sun Stops Shining” aloud to your children. The author explains in a simple, clear way what God was doing through Jesus’s crucifixion. (If you don’t own the book, you can download a short video of this one chapter at a minimal cost, or you can purchase a digital copy of the book for immediate use.)

Jesus suffered terribly on the cross (as we will see in more detail as we continue our study). But through His sacrifice, God “did it!” He made a way for man to be saved!

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Hi Pam,

    Thank you so much for helping us study the Word of God again!
    Just a question about this lesson: Isn’t it somewhat to quick to apply this psalm directly to Jesus? In the first place it was a psalm of David, not of Jesus.
    It was also a human experience (of David), in which Jesus recognised Himself so much.
    I would say that we can learn from Jesus to express ourselves to God in the words of a psalm written and prayed long ago by someone who experienced something we can also go through in life.
    with love,
    Arjanne

    • Thanks for your excellent comment, Arjanne! Yes! You address the frustration I always wrestle with as we work our way through a chapter — where to start, how to lead us through the words, which study tools to start introducing when, etc. My goal is to help people discover for themselves as we observe, study, and do our research, and at the same time to not overwhelm with too much information at a time. I’m afraid I’ve jumped ahead on this psalm. I believe the evidence within this psalm and in the references to it in other portions of Scripture, all point to this as a clear prophecy of Christ’s last hours on the cross. But you’re right in pointing out that I haven’t built the foundation for that assumption yet in our study. We will do that! :-) I may need to rethink how to organize these first lessons before we finalize the study for a printed version. Thanks again for being a good, questioning Bible student!

  2. When I read this Psalm last week it made me think of Jesus. I’ve recently read John and Luke. I think Jesus intentionally used the first part of verse one to direct people to the whole Psalm. All scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:16). I’ve often wondered if Jesus had a vast knowledge of the Scripture at some point or if he learned, meditated, and or memorized portions of it like any other Hebrew of his time.

    What stuck out to me was when the prayer shifted. He acknowledged all the problems and then re-focused his attention on God; how he provides, how he deserves all praise…

    Looking forward to studying with you.