But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; “He trusts in the LORD; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” Psalms 22:6-8
I think that today’s verses are more fitting to Jesus than David. While David may have felt like people were mocking him and wagging their heads, David was a hero in Israel. That was the big reason Saul wanted David dead. Saul could not deal with the admiration David received from the people.
I think there is more prophesy here than current events. That is what makes this Psalm so special to me. Here is David a thousand years before these things happened writing about them. This is how the priests and ruling elite of Jerusalem thought of Jesus. They despised Him. They mocked Him on the cross saying if He was from God then let God save Him. And the people, less than a week earlier they were proclaiming hosannas as Jesus rode into Jerusalem. Now, they had turned against Him. It was not just the priests that cried for crucifixion. The people cried for it also. Everyone deserted Jesus. His disciples had fled and the mob wanted His blood.
We are not all that different from the crowd gathered around the cross that Friday. When things go wrong how quick we are to turn from God. How quick we are to blame God for our misfortunes. I like to think that had I been there that day I would have stuck by Jesus and not deserted Him. But I know better. Hopefully I would not have been in that blood thirsty mob, but I probably would have hidden like Peter, afraid for my own safety.
The good news is that Jesus understands and He forgives. Even when I stumble and fall he picks me up, dusts me off and tells me He loves me. Me!
Have a blessed day,