by Stephen Whitney

Broken by Sin
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 22

In 1707 Isaac Watts wrote what would become one of the timeless hymns of the faith, ‘‘When I Survey the Wondrous Cross’’ for a Communion service. What made the hymn unique at the time was: 1. The words of hymns were taken from verses of Scripture.

2. This hymn focused on a believer’s personal view of the cross and the devotion to Christ that the cross should inspire.

3. It was one of the first English hymns to use the word ‘‘I.’’

It is an elegant, graceful and reverent hymn that forces one to consider the impact of our sin and its penalty on Christ our Savior.

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride,

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ my God. All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood.

Over 2,700 years before Isaac Watts wrote that hymn David wrote a psalm that surveyed the cross upon which Christ would die. Psalm 22 gives us a portrait of what it was like for Christ to suffer and die for our sins on the cross 1,000 years later.

Martin Luther wrote, ‘‘It (Psalm 22) contains those deep, sublime, and heavy sufferings of Christ when agonizing in the midst of the terror and pangs of divine wrath and death which surpass all human thought and comprehension.’’

SPIRITUAL CRY OF ABANDNMENT :1 What makes this psalm so meaningful for Christians is that Jesus quoted verse 1 while he was on the cross and maybe the rest under his breath. The personal suffering of David looked forward to the even greater suffering of Christ on the cross for our sins.

Mathew 27:46 About the ninth hour (3 pm) Jesus cried out in a loud voice, saying, (in Aramic) ‘‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’’ that is,’’My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’’ Forsaken (215x) - Heb. abandon, desert or leave alone. Joshua 1:5 As Joshua was about to enter the Promised Land God promised him, ...

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