30 Days in Psalm 22 for Busy Mamas, Day 1: Listening

Detail from “The Crufixion,” by Matthias Grunewald

Psalm 22.

The Psalm of the Cross.

The psalm that has been described as more of a history than a prophecy.

A glimpse into the deep, deep suffering of our Savior on the cross.

A psalm that speaks to the suffering we all face at different points in our lives — the times when we feel like God has forgotten us, or isn’t listening to us, or just plain isn’t there.

Psalm 22 is what we’re going to listen to, look at, study, meditate on, immerse ourselves in for the next month. I’m really looking forward to our time together in this psalm!

Today we’re going to listen to the psalm. 

Assignment: Pray, asking for the understanding that only the Holy Spirit can give as we approach God’s Word.

  • Then find a quiet place (for just 4 minutes and 41 seconds!) if you can. (Do this lesson during naps or after the children are in bed, if you’re likely to get interrupted during the day.)
  • Listen to this dramatic recitation of Psalm 22. Close your eyes, if it helps you concentrate. Imagine Jesus praying these words as He was dying on the cross.
  • Listen to how He alternates back and forth between words of suffering and words of praise.
  • Listen for the turning point in the psalm when the mood and text change from despair to victory.
  • Listen more than once if you can, or listen to this reading the second time.

Tomorrow we’ll start to look directly at the text. You’ll need some colored pencils for marking, and as we continue in our study, you’ll need a small notebook, a pen, and access to a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

If you would like to interact with other ladies who are doing this study, be sure to join the Busy Mamas Bible Study Facebook group, where you can ask questions, and where you can share and view comments and photos with other ladies.

For your children:

These lessons are optional, available for your use if you would like to teach your children about Psalm 22 while you are studying it. (Teaching is a good way for you to learn more, too!) The lessons will remain available in the blog archives, if you would like to use them after you have completed your own study.

  • Then explain that we will be studying a portion of the Bible that described Jesus’s crucifixion almost one thousand years before it actually happened!
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  1. I would like to receive this weekly.

  2. Is there a link for the children’s video?

  3. Did not like the video suggested for the kids. The centurion did NOT say that surely Jesus was a “good man”, but that He was the Son of God. The Easter story should be scriptural in all aspects. They messed this part up.

    But I did like the dramatized reading.

    • Susan, the video is based on Luke 23, and the centurion actually doesn’t say He was the Son of God in Luke 23. (He does in Matthew 27). I too was concerned about that line in the video, so I looked it up, because I was purposely trying to find a video that stuck to the biblical account. (You should have seen some of the other videos I watched while choosing this one!) Here is Luke 23:47, “Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.” Other translations use the word “innocent”. The words “righteous” or “innocent” would have been better choices, but for a children’s video, “good” does carry the centurion’s general meaning. Jesus was not guilty. He didn’t deserve the punishment He received.

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