Many modern translations of the bible have headings and my Amplified Bible has A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise for Psalm 22, the CSB has From Suffering to Praise and the NKJV The Suffering, Praise, and Posterity of the Messiah. All are appropriate titles, but I think the NKJV captures the entirety of the Psalm.
This Psalm clearly written by David begins with maybe the most tormented cry ever My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Luke 16:19-31 gives us but a small glimmer of what it must be like to be separated from God, to have Him truly forsake us. Imagine the despair David must have felt v.1-2 as he feels God has abandoned him. I will not get into the clear Messianic overtones of this Psalm today.
Yet even in his despair, David makes a remarkable declaration, v.3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. Another way of saying this might be ‘You are The Holy Holy, the One who can be found where Israel raises it’s voices in praise.’
In the midst of the worst of troubles Davis recognizes God is still worthy of all the Glory and Praise that can be heaped upon Him. He makes this abundantly clear in v.22; I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
The question today is what are you doing? Are you on that mountain praising God great, hopefully you are just as prepared and willing to praise Him in the valley’s of life too.