My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but thou dost not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
Yet thou art holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In thee our fathers trusted; they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
To thee they cried, and were saved; in thee they trusted, and were not disappointed.
But I am a worm, and no man; scorned by men, and despised by the people.
All who see me mock at me, they make mouths at me, they wag their heads;
“He committed his cause to the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
Yea, dogs are round about me; a company of evildoers encircle me; they have pierced my hands and feet –
I can count all my bones — they stare and gloat over me;
They divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.
But thou, O LORD, be not far off! O thou my help, hasten to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion, my afflicted soul from the horns of the wild oxen!
I will tell of thy name to my brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee:
You who fear the LORD, praise him! all you sons of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you sons of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; and he has not hid his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
(Ps. 22: 1-8, 16-24)
“The Terrible Drama” by H. Lyman Stebbins
Today “brings the terrible drama: Mankind delivers over to death Him who had given them their life; and the Lord, all-loving and almighty, repays His executioners by decreeing that this cruel death for Him shall be the unique and indispensable channel of new Life for them.” (Read more.)