Psalm 22:22-31

Today, we look at the spiritual side of the crucifixion. David describes what is going on between the Father and the Son even while on the cross.

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[a] 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!

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!

 

Jesus’ message was, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17. He brought the kingdom with Him. To receive Jesus was to receive the kingdom of heaven. IT STILL IS! Jesus did, indeed, declare His name to His people. In Matthew 11:25, we find Jesus praising the Father in the assembly of His people, “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” That’s pretty specific, don’t you think?

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.

 

David calls us to fear the Lord, to praise Him, to honor Him and to revere Him. Why? Because Jesus’ sacrifice was pleasing to the LORD; through His obedience, we have forgiveness! But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Isaiah 53:10a (the rest of the passage reinforces the salvation of the nations). God did NOT despise Jesus nor did He scorn Him while on the cross. In fact, He suffered right along with Jesus. THEY ARE ONE, REMEMBER? Jesus Himself told us that He only does what He sees His Father doing. “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19 Things didn’t change at the cross. He was still following His Father’s lead.

There is another passage (one of my favorites) that speaks to this relationship between the Father and the Son:

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 

We must remember that it was God’s good plan to suffer for us. Let’s look at the PLAN:

Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendantsHe will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. 11 When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins.” Isaiah 53:10b-11 NLT

We are now Christ’s brothers and sisters with God as our Father through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross! WOW! We are His DESCENDANTS. Does this fact make you want to praise His name? It did David, too!

25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear you[a] I will fulfill my vows [just as Jesus did].
26 The poor [in spirit-see Matt. 5:3]  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 [see Daniel 34-35, 44; Jesus is the Rock that becomes a huge mountain and fills the whole earth] will remember and turn to the Lord,

 

Now comes the restoring of Jesus to His original position and glory:

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 [the poor] will kneel before him—those who cannot keep themselves alive [that’s everyone].

We know this part through another passage:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should/will [it actually reads, “every knee bow”] bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge/confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Jesus Himself prayed, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

Here is where we fit into the story:

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:
    

WE are His posterity. WE are part of the future generations that have heard about the Lord and His sacrifice for us. WE proclaim His righteousness and declare to a people yet unborn–our children and their children!

He has done it!

Precept Austin Bible Website gives this interpretation:

MEDITATION ON “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30note) which can also be translated “PAID IN FULL!” THREE words in English, ONE word in Greek – TETELESTAI! The GREATEST WORD from the GREATEST MAN on the GREATEST DAY in all eternity! One word, but no word ever uttered has so changed the history and destiny of mankind.

It has been well said that Christ’s RESURRECTION is the Father’s “AMEN” to His Son’s declaration “IT IS FINISHED.” Looking at the Cross we see the work of redemption completed. Looking at the open tomb we see Jesus’ finished work fully accepted by the Father. The payment required for sin is death (cf Ge 2:17noteRo 5:12noteRo 6:23note) and when Christ said TETELESTAI, He was saying that the sin debt was “PAID IN FULL!” If you believe that dear reader, His righteousness has been credited to your account (Ro 4:3noteRo 4:24noteGal 3:6-7note). We owed a debt we could never pay. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe! Tony Evans says “All the funds necessary to pay for our total redemption were put up by Jesus Christ on the Cross.” Or as Warren Wiersbe put it “He took my bankruptcy and covered it with His solvency.” He didn’t just make a down payment and then expect me to keep up the installments. “But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26note). His empty tomb and His resurrection are indisputable testimony to the fact that the Father accepted His Son’s payment for sin on our behalf, as our Substitute. Thus TETELESTAI is not a cry of defeat of a dying Man, but a cry of triumph of a Living, Life Giving Redeemer, a divine proclamation that the WORK OF REDEMPTION had been fully, finally and forever accomplished (cf Jn 4:34noteJn 17:4note).

Precept Austin

Abba, may I spend the rest of my life and my future in heaven plumbing the height, depth, length and breadth of Your love for me demonstrated on the cross. My soul quickens just to consider it! May I live in response to this great love everyday. TODAY. It is my spiritual worship (Romans 12:1). Amen.

 

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