This psalm is notable, first because the New Testament quotes from it several times, and second, because amidst prayer of humble supplication, the psalmist suddenly breaks into cries of passionate imprecation (verses 22-28).
- What is the cause of the psalmist’s troubles? What is the chief concern of his prayer, and what does he expect will happen in the end?
- What features in the psalmist’s sufferings most closely prefigure those of our Lord, helping us to understand how deeply he tasted of human woe? Cf. Heb. 4:15. Vreses 20, 21 take us specially to Gethsemane and the cross; but at the point of deepest suffering, where the psalmist breaks out in imprecatory prayer, what did our Lord pray? See Luke 23:34.
- In what respects do verses 22-28 foreshadow the judgment that has fallen upon the Jewish people? Cf. verses 22, 23 with Matt. 13:14; Rom. 11:9, 10; and verse 25 with Matt. 23:38.