Praying Through: Psalm 22:19-21

The Psalm

Psalm 22:19–21 (CSB)
19 But you, LORD, don’t be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me.

20 Rescue my life from the sword, my only life from the power of these dogs.

21 Save me from the lion’s mouth, from the horns of wild oxen. You answered me!

The Prayer

Almighty God,

Who are you,

  • my Lord,
  • whose glory fills the entire earth?
  • Whether I am in the heavens or make my bed in hell,
  • you are there with me.
  • If I ascend the mountain of your glory
  • or wander in the desert of the wilderness,
  • you are face to face and closer than a whisper.

My God,

  • you are never far!
  • You are with me!
  • Always.
  • While I might feel
  • desperate
  • or despair
  • sadness
  • or anger
  • or happiness,
  • you are with me
  • and within me.

You are at work in my soul and heart.

Because you are at work,

  • I know that it is you
  • that gives me true life
  • and the fullness thereof.

For once I was lost,

  • now found.


  • now I can see.


  • now can hear.


  • now preach your gospel.

Ignorant of unbelief,

  • now I know you.

Once dead,

  • now fully alive.

You’ve sent your Son to die

  • in my place for my sins
  • so I can be with you.
  • His cross is where
  • my enemies were trampled underfoot
  • and their teeth shattered.
  • It is his empty grave
  • where the bulls’ necks are broken
  • by burying my sin
  • and to stay buried forevermore.

You alone are worthy of my praise. Blessed be your name forever!.