Psalm 32

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
    or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart!
(Psalm 32:1-11 NIV)

Today’s psalm was written by King David, likely after his sins of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah (2 Samuel 11).  This psalm is similar to Psalm 51, where David confessed his sin before the Lord and everyone.

Scholars indicate that Psalm 32 may have been written after Psalm 51.  In fact, Psalm 32 may be David’s promise to the Lord:

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    so that sinners will turn back to you.
(Psalm 51:13 NIV).

David begins with the benefits of confession of sin and forgiveness from the Lord (vv. 1-2).  David realized the blessing of God after confessing his sin, and not covering up (being deceitful) about his sin.

David was quick to remember the pain of covering up his sin, how it affected him mentally and spiritually as well as physically (vv. 3-4).

In verse 5, David confessed his sin before the Lord – all of it.  David withheld nothing from before the Lord – and the congregation who heard this psalm.  David was the king, and he lived as a public figure and a spiritual example before the entire nation.  David did not care who knew about his sin – he wanted to be restored in right relationship to the Lord.

In fact, David goes on to encourage everyone listening to this psalm to seek the Lord and confess their sins and seek forgiveness (v. 6).  David encourages everyone to confess their sin before it sweeps them away like a flood that destroys everything in its path.

David praises the Lord in verse 7 – God is the only safe hiding place, offering protection, provision, and comfort for a hurting soul.

Verses 8 – 9 are the Lord’s promise and warning to David (and to us).  When we confess our sins before the Lord, He promises to guide and direct our paths, to instruct us in right from wrong, and to lead us in the way that we should go (v. 8).  Otherwise, we will be led by others, just as a horse is led by its rider via a bit and bridle (v. 9).

The pain and woes of sin are many, but the Lord loves and blesses those who confess their sins and seek His face and trust in Him for forgiveness and reconciliation (v. 10).

After we confess our sins before the Lord, may we join David in praise and worship to the Lord who takes away the burden of our sins when we lay them down before Him (v. 11).

May this old hymn be on our hearts today, as a reminder of Psalm 32’s truth.

Rock Of Ages, sung by Fernando Ortega

Blessings,
~kevin

Psalm 40

Psalm 40

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened—
    burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.
I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.
(Psalm 40:1-17 NIV)

Today’s psalm was written by David, as David rejoices in what God has done for him.  Many psalms begin with the psalmist crying out to God for help, recognizing God’s goodness and love, and then worshipping for who God is and what He does.  Today’s psalm basically reverses that order, and begins with David’s recognition and worship for what God has already done, and ends with David’s original plea for God’s help to which God had already responded.

 

So what do we see in this psalm?

  • God’s response to David’s pleas for help (vv. 1-3)
  • David worshipping the Lord for God’s help (vv. 4-5)
  • God’s expectations of relationship and not religion (vv. 6-8)
  • David’s worship and public proclamation of God (vv. 9-10)
  • David’s confession of sin before a righteous and holy God (vv. 11-12)
  • David’s original plea for God’s help (vv. 13-17)

 

So what does this psalm tell us about God?

  • God hears us and listens to us when we call out to Him
  • God is both able and willing to help us when we humbly ask Him
  • God wants heart and soul connection (relationship) with us, not detached duty
  • God longs to forgive us and reconcile our relationship to Himself when we ask
  • God’s attributes that He extends to us:
    • Righteousness
    • Salvation
    • Faithfulness
    • Love
    • Truth
    • Compassion (mercy)

 

So how should we respond to the Lord?

  • In humility – carrying our troubles (things outside our control) to the Lord
  • In repentance – confessing our sins to the Lord
  • In relationship – focusing on our heart and soul connection to the Lord
  • In faith – trusting that the Lord knows what is best for us and will redeem our hurts
  • In worship – thankful to the Lord for His character and His redemption
  • In justice – trusting the Lord to deal with the evil that threatens us
  • In partnership – proclaiming God’s truth and character to all who will listen

 

May we carry these truths in our hearts and souls, not as facts, but as Living Reality.

Blessings,
~kevin

Psalm 28

Psalm 28

Of David.

To you, Lord, I call;
    you are my Rock,
    do not turn a deaf ear to me.
For if you remain silent,
    I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Hear my cry for mercy
    as I call to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
    toward your Most Holy Place.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
    with those who do evil,
who speak cordially with their neighbors
    but harbor malice in their hearts.
Repay them for their deeds
    and for their evil work;
repay them for what their hands have done
    and bring back on them what they deserve.

Because they have no regard for the deeds of the Lord
    and what his hands have done,
he will tear them down
    and never build them up again.

Praise be to the Lord,
    for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise him.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
    a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
    be their shepherd and carry them forever.
(Psalm 28:1-9 NIV)

King David begins this psalm with a heartfelt cry to the Lord for help.  David’s psalm splits into two parts:

  • Petition – Asking God for help (vv. 1-5)
  • Praise – Thanking God for His answer (vv. 6-9)

David begins by calling to God for help.  When David refers to “the pit”, that speaks of death.  David was not afraid of someone trying to kill him.  Rather, David was concerned with spiritually dying by being disconnected in his relationship with the Lord.  When a branch is cut from its vine, it will die.  David’s life centered on his abiding connection with the Lord.  Anything or anyone that threatened to sever that relationship between David and the Lord felt like death to David (v. 1).

As David begged God to hear his requests, David was not outside the Temple looking in, wishing he was inside God’s dwelling place among His people.  Rather, David was already inside the Temple, crying out to God, lifting his hands and voice toward God’s residence inside the Temple, the Holy of Holies.  David was a close as he could be to where God resided on earth (v. 2).

David sought to be authentic in all his relationships – he knows that God sees the heart and judges based on what is inside a person rather than what they present on the outside.  David knows God’s justice and asks God to see him for who he is on the inside, as that is what distinguishes him from the wicked (v. 3).

David relies on God to bring justice, to judge rightly (vv. 4 – 5).  David does not seek revenge or retribution or try to bring justice himself.  He is the king, and yet he relies on God to take care of the wicked in God’s way and timing.

Starting in verse 6, David praises the Lord, as the Lord has heard his prayers.  Notice that is enough for David that God has simply heard his prayers (v. 6).  David knows God’s heart, and trusts in God to be his protector and provider (v. 7).  As David reaffirms his trust in the Lord, this leads David to worship God.

David then extends this confidence in God’s promise and ability to care for all who follow the Lord.  While David wrote this psalm for God’s people Israel, we know from many New Testament scriptures that God offers that same protection and provision to us in our day and time and to future generations forever (vv. 8-9).

Like David, we know that we live in a broken world.  Like David, we can place our trust in the Lord with our families, our reputations, and our lives.

Jesus is enough.

May we abide and rest and work and live in His reality today.

Blessings,
~kevin

Psalm 75

Psalm 75

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”
A psalm of Asaph. A song.

We praise you, God,
    we praise you, for your Name is near;
    people tell of your wonderful deeds.

You say, “I choose the appointed time;
    it is I who judge with equity.
When the earth and all its people quake,
    it is I who hold its pillars firm.
To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’
    and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.
Do not lift your horns against heaven;
    do not speak so defiantly.’”

No one from the east or the west
    or from the desert can exalt themselves.
It is God who judges:
    He brings one down, he exalts another.
In the hand of the Lord is a cup
    full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
    drink it down to its very dregs.

As for me, I will declare this forever;
    I will sing praise to the God of Jacob,
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
    but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”
(Psalm 75:1-10 NIV)

This is another psalm written by Asaph, or possibly one of his descendants.  Since Psalm 73 was written by Asaph, and Psalm 74 speaks of the Babylonian destruction of the Temple (many generations after King David’s life), and Psalm 75 comes after Psalm 74, this may have been one of Asaph’s family members that were assigned as musicians during King David’s reign (1 Chronicles 15:16-19).  In fact, 2 Chronicles 35:15 speaks of the descendants of Asaph still serving the Lord as musicians, so this psalm being written by one of Asaph’s descendants is quite plausible.

Verse 1 begins by the psalmist leading the congregation in corporate worship of the Lord.  When the psalmist says “Your name is near”, he is referring to the Lord’s presence with the congregation.  The psalmist is sensing Immanuel (“God with us”) as they worship Him.

Verses 2 – 5 are God speaking to them in the first person.  The “I” is God speaking, not the psalmist.  God is proclaiming Himself as judge over the nations (v.2) and is the creator and sustainer of the earth (v. 3).  God also sets boundaries on the pride and wickedness of individuals and of nations (v. 4 – 5).  God was warning both individuals and nations not to arrogantly defy Him.

The psalmist uses the metaphor of a horn in verses 4- 5 and also in verse 10.  In the Old Testament, the horn referred to a picture of pride and strength, like the horns of a deer or a bull.  To “lift up your horns” was to act pridefully in one’s own strength.

And if people and nations arrogantly defy God, what will happen?  In verses 6 – 8, the psalmist tells us that God will judge them (v. 6).  The psalmist reminds us that God may not appear fair, as He brings down one and exalts another, but God brings justice in the end (v. 7).

And what does God’s justice look like?  The psalmist uses word pictures similar to what the Lord told Jeremiah to say to defiant Judah: they had to drink the cup of God’s wrath for their defiance and disobedience.  The reference to foaming wine means that other ingredients were added to the wine, not to enhance the wine, but to, as the old saying goes, give them a taste of their own medicine.

Other passages (such as Jeremiah 25:15-28 and Isaiah 51:17-22) use this word picture of mixed wine as a poison or drink to incapacitate them.  God was not tricking them, slipping something into their drinks behind their backs – this was the Lord forcing them to deal with their sin.  The nations were not to just take a sip from the cup; they had to drink it down to the dregs in the bottom of the cup (v. 8).  This reference to the cup of God’s wrath is another indicator of this psalm being written by one of Asaph’s descendants, not Asaph himself.

The psalmist ends by speaking personally – not for the congregation, but for himself.  He humbly states with the full affirmation of his innermost self that he is choosing to follow the Lord and worship Him alone (v. 9).  The psalmist also rests in God’s justice, knowing that God will deal with the wicked in due time.  The wicked and proud might be having their day right now, but the psalmist can trust that the Lord will hold the ungodly accountable one day, and will raise up the righteous ones who choose to follow Him (v. 10).

May we choose to follow the Lord and worship Him alone as the psalmist did.

May we also not fear the wicked, but trust God to bring them to justice in His time.

Blessings,
~kevin

Psalm 73

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Surely God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
    I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;
    their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
    they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
    they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
    their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
    with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
    and their tongues take possession of the earth.
10 Therefore their people turn to them
    and drink up waters in abundance.
11 They say, “How would God know?
    Does the Most High know anything?”

12 This is what the wicked are like—
    always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
    and have washed my hands in innocence.
14 All day long I have been afflicted,
    and every morning brings new punishments.

15 If I had spoken out like that,
    I would have betrayed your children.
16 When I tried to understand all this,
    it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
    then I understood their final destiny.

18 Surely you place them on slippery ground;
    you cast them down to ruin.
19 How suddenly are they destroyed,
    completely swept away by terrors!
20 They are like a dream when one awakes;
    when you arise, Lord,
    you will despise them as fantasies.

21 When my heart was grieved
    and my spirit embittered,
22 I was senseless and ignorant;
    I was a brute beast before you.

23 Yet I am always with you;
    you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

27 Those who are far from you will perish;
    you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
28 But as for me, it is good to be near God.
    I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
    I will tell of all your deeds.
(Psalm 71:1-28 NIV)

Today’s psalm is written by Asaph.  We know that Asaph was appointed by David to be one of the Temple musicians (1 Chronicles 15:16-19).  This context also gives us the approximate era when Asaph lived as a contemporary of King David.

Verse 1 begins with Asaph proclaiming the goodness of God.  As we’ll see in a bit, Asaph also ends with this same proclamation – God is good.

In between, though, Asaph is struggling.  Verses 2 – 3 summarize his struggle – the “easy life” of the ungodly seems so enticing.

The temptation is real, isn’t it!  It’s very easy to be envious of the “good life” that others seem to have, to think that the “grass is always greener” in their yard than in our own.

Asaph outlines all the benefits of the seemingly good life in verses 4-12.  On the surface, their life looks pretty good.

In verses 13 – 14, Asaph has some temporary regrets about trying to live the righteous life, to live the life that God calls him to.  In Asaph’s mind, it seems like all this has been a total waste of time and energy when he could have been enjoying all the good things in life instead of denying himself worldly pleasures and following God.

But all those false images of the seemingly “good life” come crashing down when Asaph enters God’s Temple.  He now sees life from God’s perspective (vv. 15 – 17).

What triggered Asaph’s sudden change of heart?  Was it the building, being in the Temple?  Maybe – there were probably reminders of God’s goodness to past generations all around.  Was it being among God’s people and receiving encouragement?  Maybe – that is often helpful.

The biggest and most influential factor of changing Asaph’s mind was likely worship.  As Asaph stopped and set aside all his cares and concerns to worship God, he saw God for who He is, and his temptations and troubles as small in comparison.

Asaph now understands that God’s justice and righteousness prevail (vv. 18 – 20).

When Asaph sees God for who and what He is, then he confesses his sins of envy, bitterness, selfishness, and pride (vv. 21 – 22).  When Asaph was in his pity party, he confessed to the Lord that he was acting irrationally, like a wild beast.

And so we need to stop and take note of Asaph’s confession and draw a life principle from his words.

The principle is this:  Hurting people hurt other people.

When we’re hurting, we lash out at others – we say things and do things that we would never think of doing if we were in a healthy state of mind.

Does our hurt justify our sin?  Absolutely not.  It does, however, give us a warning light that there is a problem in our souls that needs attention.  We need to take that warning light seriously, go before the Lord, and deal with the issue.

What about others that hurt us?  Should we rationalize away their sin, telling ourselves that they are hurting?  No.  Should we get up in their faces about their sin, telling them to repent and get right with the Lord?  That’s one approach, but it will probably generate more hurt and conflict than help.  James 1:20 tells us that human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

So what should we do?  The best thing, if the person is willing, is to simply hear what’s going on inside them.  Often, hurting people simply need a friend to talk to.  They don’t need “fixed” or told what to do – they just want someone to listen.  God uses that time to speak into the hurting person’s life, and we’re just along for the ride.

Having confessed his sin, Asaph now has a new outlook on life.  Asaph no longer thinks that he needs God plus an easy life plus wealth and power plus all the other things that the ungodly have and he formerly coveted.

Asaph now sees and confesses that God alone is sufficient (vv. 23 – 26).

Asaph ends as he began – seeing and proclaiming the goodness of God (vv. 27 – 28).  Asaph had seen the enticements of the world and the ungodly and had seen their ultimate fate and God’s justice and righteousness.

In the final analysis, Asaph said, “I choose God.”

Just like Asaph, so we are faced with a choice each day.  Will we pursue all these other things, or will we choose God and Him alone?

May we choose wisely, and walk in faith even when it feels foolish and a waste of time to do so.

May we learn from Asaph sharing his story with us today.

Blessings,

~kevin

Psalm 123

Psalm 123

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to you,
    to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
    till he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us,
    for we have endured no end of contempt.
We have endured no end
    of ridicule from the arrogant,
    of contempt from the proud.
(Psalm 123:1-4 NIV)

This psalm is a plea and a prayer for God’s help in difficult circumstances.  Like other psalms in this section, this one is by an unnamed author, and with no specific historical timeframe.  God, in His infinite wisdom, omitted these details so the truths would be universal, spanning generations and cultures and geographies, including ours.

Notice that the psalmist begins by looking up to God.  We don’t look down at God, as an idol sitting on the floor.  We don’t look across to God, as in a mirror.  Rather, we look up to God in humility and awe, as worthy of our respect and reverence.

Author Eugene Peterson explains this so well:

“And do we really want it any other way? I don’t think so. We would very soon become contemptuous of a god whom we could figure out like a puzzle or learn to use like a tool.  No, if God is worth our attention at all, he must be a God we can look up to — a God we must look up to . . .”
(Eugene H. Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
(Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1980), p. 59.)

And how does the psalmist describe God as he looks up?  He “sees” God sitting on His throne in heaven.  This visual image shows God as ruler, in charge.  God knows about everything in His domain, and everything is under His control.  In a word, God is sovereign.

So where does that leave the psalmist (and us)?  The psalmist describes himself as a male servant, waiting patiently for the kindness and provision of his master.  Likewise, just as the female servants look to their mistresses who are over them, they wait patiently for the goodness and love of the women in charge.  And so we wait for the goodness and kindness of the Lord, just as the servants wait on their bosses.

Notice that there is no entitled cry here – no “I deserve” mentality that would make the slave on equal ground or superior to their master or mistress.  And so it is with us – when we proudly proclaim “I deserve…”, we falsely elevate ourselves as equals with or superior to God, rather than humbly accept whatever comes from God’s heart and hand.

The psalmist knows that adversity and ridicule are not from God, but from other people.  Other people who do not acknowledge God look down on the servants with ridicule and contempt, priding themselves on their wealth, status, power, or other human accomplishments.

So what does the psalmist ask for?

Revenge?  No.

Justice?  No.

Equality or superiority to those who ridicule, mock, and show contempt?  No.

The psalmist humbly asks for God’s mercy, God’s undeserved favor.  There is no expectation of God, only thankfulness for whatever God sees fit to share with the servant.  The psalmist knows and trusts God, and will be content with whatever the Lord provides, as he knows God’s heart is kind and loving toward him.

May we have the same heart as the psalmist, to know God and His good heart of love, compassion, mercy, and kindness.

May we be content to be with God, to be satisfied with whatever comes from His hand.

Blessings,

~kevin

Psalm 22

Psalm 22

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
    “let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
    since he delights in him.”

Yet you brought me out of the womb;
    you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
    from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

11 Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls surround me;
    strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
    open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
    it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

19 But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
20 Deliver me from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dogs.
21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
    save me from the horns of the wild oxen.

22 I will declare your name to my people;
    in the assembly I will praise you.
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or scorned
    the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
    but has listened to his cry for help.

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
    before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—
    may your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth
    will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    will bow down before him,
28 for dominion belongs to the Lord
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
    those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30 Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord.
31 They will proclaim his righteousness,
    declaring to a people yet unborn:
    He has done it!
(Psalm 22:1-31 NIV)

Today we take a look at Psalm 22 – written by David.  This is clearly a messianic psalm, looking forward from David’s viewpoint to Messiah (Jesus).

Today, let’s take a slightly different approach.  Rather than go verse by verse or phrase by phrase, let’s look at the parallels of this psalm to Jesus in the four gospel accounts.

  • Verse 1 – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
    Jesus quotes this phrase from David’s psalm as He hung on the cross (Matthew 27:46).
  • Verses 6 – 8  – people hurling their verbal abuse at Him (Matthew 27:39-43)
  • Verses 12 -13 – those in power verbally abusing Him (Luke 23:35-39)
  • Verses 14 – 15 – Jesus’ physical pain and thirst on the cross (John 19:28)
  • Verse 16 – Jesus is crucified (Luke 23:26-33)
  • Verse 18 – Soldiers divide up Jesus’ clothes (Luke 23:34b)
  • Verses 19 – 21 – Jesus commits Himself to His Father in death (Luke 23:46)
  • Verse 31 – Jesus’ mission accomplished and proclaimed (John 19:30)

Join me in walking through this psalm again and seeing God’s love, sovereignty, pain, and loss in order to forgive our sins and reconcile us to Himself.

Blessings,
~kevin