“In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame” (Psalm 22:4-5, ESV).
Psalm 22 is another psalm that begins from a place of desperation. David cries out to God from a sense of abandonment, that God seems absent (vv.1-2). But, even in the midst of this feeling of dereliction, he knows that God is the Holy One (v.3). He reflects, then, upon God’s reliability and deliverance in the past (vv.4-5). From there he will press his plea with God. Perhaps the standout feature of this psalm is that Jesus chose the first part of the first verse to put into words His cry of dereliction on the cross.
God has shown His mercy and faithfulness in the past, and we can trust Him with our present trials, and with our future. The ultimate display of God’s compassion is the saving death of our Savior Jesus Christ, who bore our sins upon the cross. He took on Himself our abandonment, so that when we cry out to God we find mercy and grace. Look to God in your struggles and doubts; He is strong to save.