My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

forsake“The cry, ‘My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?’ (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34), while unique in its kind, nevertheless was prefigured in those piteous plaints of desolation heard now and then in psalm and prophecy. And through the imparting of this baptism of prayer the prophet, no doubt, was meant to prefigure Him on whose lips the graces of psalmist and prophet dwelt together in perfect unison to comfort the people of God of all ages.” (“Jeremiah’s Plaint and its Answer,” Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos, Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., editor).

A desperate prayer by the psalmist is even more piercing as it comes from the lips of the Savior on the cross. The Wednesday evening Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC is looking at prayers of the Bible, focusing on Psalm 22 this evening.


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