Read Psalm 22:1-8 & 14-19. Jesus quotes the first line of this from the cross.

  1. What do you think David (as he writes this Psalm) is going through? Do you think he is enduring quite as much as he writes?
  1. Sometimes poetry (or song lyrics with music) give us a voice that we would not otherwise have. What Worship music is most meaningful to you? Give thanks to God for that gift.
  1. Which of the lines of Psalm 22 are also true of Jesus at the crucifixion? Note them, and meditate on them. (If you need to, refer to Matthew 27:26-50)
  1. Look at Psalm 22:19. It’s true of David, but not of the Son of David. Ponder what Jesus was going through as he hung there for us.

 

Sing/pray this song of adoration to Christ:

 

O Sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, they only crown,

How art thou pale with anguish, With sore abuse and scorn!

How does that visage languish Which once was bright as morn!

 

What thou, my Lord, has suffered Was all for sinners’ gain:

Mine, mine was the transgression, But thine the deadly pain.

Lo, here I fall, my Savior! Tis I deserve thy place;

Look on my with thy favor, Vouchsafe to me they grace.

 

What language shall I borrow To thank thee dearest Friend,

For this thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?

O make me thine forever! And should I fainting be,

Lord, let me never, never Outlive my love for thee!

[Attr. to Bernard of Clairvaux]