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Psalm 22:22-31

August 7, 2019

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.

 

Psalm 22:2-21

August 6, 2019

Yesterday, we established that Jesus was calling people’s attention to this psalm even as He drew strength from David’s words about Himself. The verses we will study today are a description of His physical and perceived condition. Tomorrow, we will see His true spiritual condition and position.

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[a]

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[b]
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[c] 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[d] 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.

 

My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.– Sometimes the answer to our question is, “No.” This is the portion of the psalm that best describes David–and us–when we are going through difficult times. We cry out like little children to God asking for deliverance even at the expense of whatever it is that the LORD is accomplishing in our lives. And it’s okay to cry out even as we TRUST Him in the circumstance, which is what David and Jesus did.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[b]
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.

In these three verses, we find the key to faith. As David and Jesus looked back on Israel’s history, they saw that God is on His throne, that He delivered His people out of bondage and brought them through to the promised land, and that God accomplished all that He set out to do through them. He did it for their ancestors and He will do it for them, too. David knew that he was to be king over Israel; he trusted God to bring that promise to fruition. Jesus knew that He was saving the world from the bonds of sin. He trusted His Father to bring that promise to fruition, as well.

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.”

In the words of Isaiah, “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” Isaiah 53:3 Verse 7 is fulfilled in Matthew 27:39-40, and verse 8 is fulfilled in Matthew 27:41-43.

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.

 

David is speaking for Jesus at this point. David knows his own spiritual condition, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5. But Jesus’ birth was miraculous and He was full of the Spirit. Jesus knew that He had no one on which to rely except His Father. Their connection was the Spirit.

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[c] 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[d] 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.

 

David gives a graphic description of the crucifixion. Verse 16 is fulfilled in the crucifixion itself (history gives us these facts), and is confirmed in John 20:25, 27, “But he (Thomas) said to them, ‘ Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ (27) Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.'” Verse 18 is fulfilled in John 19:23-24; John even quotes Psalm 22!

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.

At this point, we are back to David as he states his faith and trust in the LORD to save him physically in order for him to fulfill the LORD’s purpose for his life. In Jesus’ case, He would have to go all the way to the grave to accomplish His mission. Yet, even then, these verses ring true, as we know full well by Christ’s resurrection!

We have seen four prophecies fulfilled in these verses. WOW! The statistics of these happening all at one time are nearly off the charts.

Tomorrow we look at the promises given in this Psalm and the comfort and encouragement our LORD must have drawn from them.

LORD Jesus, thank You for all you went through for us. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish you must have felt all because of me and my sin. I realize You died for us all, but I know that my sin is responsible for You having to go to such great lengths to save us. May I always see Your sacrifice when I am tempted to sin. If I can fix my eyes on You at that time, the temptation is put into perspective and I am able to remain strong until the moment passes. It is how I put 1 Corinthians 10:13 into practice. Thank You for loving me and giving me such practical handles. Coach me through life’s difficulties, LORD. I am trusting You. Amen.

Psalm 22:1

August 5, 2019

This psalm was written by King David. It is considered a Messianic Psalm due to its striking description of a crucifixion, the theme of the psalm, the fact that two verses are quoted by Jesus on the cross, and four fulfilled prophecies.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?

 

The first part of this verse is quoted by Jesus on the cross and may have been attributed an unwarranted message. Many pastors and theologians believe that the Father turned His face away from His Son as Jesus became the sin sacrifice for us. I THINK NOT! Let’s look at some background scriptures:

God made him who had no sin to be the sin offering for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. Romans 8:3

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death–even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8

So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. (29) The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him. John 8:28-29

Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

As we look at these verses, we can see a thread: It was God’s will that Jesus be made the sin offering for us. Jesus was pleasing to the LORD by being obedient–even unto death, dying on a cross for us. Since He and the Father are one, then there is no way that God could turn His back on Jesus, nor would He because He never forsakes Jesus, because Jesus always does what pleases Him.

The clinching verse is actually in Psalm 22 itself, verse 22: 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.

Was there a breach of fellowship between the God the Father and God the Son? I don’t think so. Rather, God was experiencing through Jesus our penalty. GOD TOOK OUR PLACE ON THAT CROSS!

Why did Jesus cry out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Could it be that He was in anguish and was feeling forsaken? He might have felt some of it, but because of His strong connection with the Father and His mission He was fulfilling, it would seem that He was only quoting the verse rather than relating to the verse in that Jesus KNEW that God wouldn’t, indeed, couldn’t save Him and still accomplish His mission.

Could it be that He was calling this psalm to the attention of passing Jews, who would be familiar enough with it, some even having memorized it in their studies, to associate it with Him? I’m sure that the Pharisees and Sadducees standing there knew it.

Could it be that He was passing the time by remembering all the beautiful promises in this psalm? If so, it explains the next words of Jesus from the cross, “It is finished,” which is the last verse of the psalm (since we do not have a definite timeline or order of Jesus’ sayings while on the cross, I have fit the two verses of this psalm into the phrase that John gives us, “I thirst,” and the one from Luke, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”).

What about the author of the psalm? King David had a very special relationship with God. We read about it in two places:

[Samuel talking to King Saul] “But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart [David] and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:14

[Paul giving a discourse to the leaders of the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch] “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.'” Acts 13:22

David’s anguish and the LORD’s anguish were the same in that both may have felt all alone, but knew that they were never alone, that God was with them.

How close are David and Jesus? Let’s look into the future:

“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty,
    ‘I will break the yoke off their necks
and will tear off their bonds;
    no longer will foreigners enslave them.
Instead, they will serve the Lord their God
    and David their king,
    whom I will raise up for them. Jeremiah 30:8-9

23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the Lord have spoken. Ezekiel 34:23-24

We can trust David to speak for Jesus in this psalm. Jesus was speaking to us through David. Wow! What a beautiful message that Jesus was giving us even as He was dying for us. May we never take His sacrifice for granted.

Dear LORD Jesus, You knew exactly what You were doing when you went to the cross for me. THANK YOU!!! May I never take for granted Your sacrifice for me. I pledge my life to You; I may not be able to give my life for You, but I can give it TO You and live for You. In fact, I prefer You to live Your life through me. Just sensing Your presence and participation in me is ENOUGH! Oh, to feel Your love, joy and peace, to experience Your grace and to feel Your acceptance and approval–and that’s without me doing anything! I’m just sitting here enjoying Your presence! May I be You to those around me today. “Christ to You” is my motto. May I live it. Amen [so be it].