Psalm 22:19

ESV But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
NIV But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
NASB But You, Lord, do not be far away; You who are my help, hurry to my assistance.
CSB But you, Lord, don’t be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me.
NLT O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
KJV But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
NKJV But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

What does Psalm 22:19 mean?

After expressing confusion and pain over what seems to be abandonment by God (Psalm 22:1–2), David has also stated his faith in God's will (Psalm 22:3–5). He then described his anguish using the symbolism of a man being brutally abused and executed by his foes (Psalm 22:12–18). All of these serve as prophetic remarks fulfilled by Jesus' experience on the cross (Matthew 27:46).

Here, David turns his focus to a renewed plea for deliverance. In verse 1 he questioned why the Lord was far from him. In verse 11 he called upon the Lord not to be far from him because trouble was near. Now he looks to the Lord for help. David has compared his enemies to raging bulls, wild dogs, and a roaring, hungry lion (Psalm 22:12–16). Only the Lord could give him the strength he needed to overcome the threat.

On the cross, the Messiah, Jesus, faced an onslaught of evildoers intent on shedding His blood, but God came to His aid by raising Him from the dead. Believers may face treacherous circumstances, but God answers prayer. He may deliver us from whatever threatens us or give us the grace to endure and overcome (Romans 8:36–37; 2 Corinthians 12:7–9).
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