Sunday, January 22, 2012

150 Days of Psalms - Psalm 22

I don't want to insult you by pointing out the obvious parallels between Psalm 22 and the crucifixion of Christ. Beginning with "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" to the people mocking him, to pierced hands and feet and dividing his garments the connection is ... well, I said I wouldn't insult you pointing out the obvious and I just did it. haha

I think we can take the comparison to New Testament passages even further. These verses:
27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S And He rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth will eat and worship, All those who go down to the dust will bow before Him, Even he who cannot keep his soul alive. 30 Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. 31 They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.

Sound a lot like these verses:
Philippians 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I hope this Psalm encourages you to thank our Lord Jesus for the gift of His life for ours and that even today you will exalt His name and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

1 comment:

Phyllis Hobson said...

I have known of the parallels between this passage and new testament passages concerning the crucifixion. The second part you point out was interesting.

I enjoyed the promises pointed out at the end of verse 5 "they trusted in You and were not disappointed" and in verse 24 "Nor has He hidden His face from him; But when he cried to Him for help, He heard." God's promises are always true, it's something that we can count on. As the last phrase in The Message version says "God does what he says." I'm thinking of that song "All His promises are true...." God will not leave us, when it seems like everyone else has, that everything is going wrong, God is there and has always been there.