“To the choirmaster leader, according to the deer of the dawn, a psalm of David
Why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me?
Why are you so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God!
I cry by day.
But you do not answer.
I cry by night.
But I find no rest.”
This Psalm 22 is a psalm of David with a choir leader. However, there is a notation “according to the deer of the dawn,” which probably refers to some lost hymn or tune. This is a psalm for help or deliverance from a serious illness or persecution. This is much like the suffering servant in Isaiah, chapters 52-53. The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 27, and the Gospel of Mark, chapter 15 indicated that Jesus Christ quoted the first few verses of his psalm as he hung on the cross. The forsaken one cried to God. Why was no help coming from God? The suffering one cried during the day and at night, but there was no answer. He could not find any rest.