Good Friday: Psalm 22:1-31 – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

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Psalm 22:1-31

1   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
2   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.

3   Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4   In you our ancestors trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5   To you they cried, and were saved;
in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

6   But I am a worm, and not human;
scorned by others, and despised by the people.
7   All who see me mock at me;
they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
8   “Commit your cause to the LORD; let him deliver —
let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

9   Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
10  On you I was cast from my birth,
and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
11  Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.

12  Many bulls encircle me,
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13  they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14  I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15  my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.

16  For dogs are all around me;
a company of evildoers encircles me.
My hands and feet have shriveled;
17  I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me;
18  they divide my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

19  But you, O LORD, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
20  Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
21       Save me from the mouth of the lion!

From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
22  I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23  You who fear the LORD, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24  For he did not despise or abhor
the affliction of the afflicted;
he did not hide his face from me,
but heard when I cried to him.

25  From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
26  The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the LORD.
May your hearts live forever!

27  All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the LORD;
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before him.
sup>28  For dominion belongs to the LORD,
and he rules over the nations.

29  To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
and I shall live for him.
30  Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
31  and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what is the cry that shouts out from the very depth of your being?
  • Oh, Lord, do not be far away!
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what part of you shouts, “Crucify”?
  • Oh, Lord, do not be far away!
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what part of you shouts, “But he is innocent!”
  • Oh Lord, do not be far away!
  • As you walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, with Jesus, what part of you is dying with Jesus on the cross?
  • Oh, Lord, do not be far away!
  • I need you.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Friday, April 14, 2017, Good Friday (Year A)

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 22:1-31
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42


If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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