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May 12, 2022

Psalms 22:26-28 – God Rules The Nations

A blessed assurance that those who are in Christ will not disappointed, they will be rewarded with eternal fellowship with Him: 

Psa 22:26  The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the LORD will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.

The Psalmist further declares that when Christ returns to rule, all nations will bow to Him:

Psa 22:27  The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him.

Psa 22:28  For royal power belongs to the LORD. He rules all the nations.

A far cry from where we are now where God seems to be mocked by governments, a lot of this is evidenced in school’s curriculum, but when Christ returns for His millennial reign, as the scripture tells us, every knee will bow.  

 

May 11, 2022

Psalms 22 – Our Assurance Is In Jesus

Christ continues declaring God’s praise as He returns to rule in the second coming, not only will He praise God, but He will also bless those of us who trust in Him:

Psa 22:25  From You comes my praise in the great assembly; I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him. 

That’s a wonderful reassurance for us, Christ says He will pay His vows, meaning that those who live and obey Christ will be saved, not an empty promise!  If we look at the character of God, God is Holy, in that He does not lie, if He did, that would make Him unholy, therefore if Christ tells us He will do what He says He is going to do, we should find great comfort in that, because God keeps his promises, plenty of Biblical evidence in God’s Covenant with Abraham, David and now The New Covenant with us that demonstrate that God will deliver His people!  

May 10, 2022

Psalms Chapter 22 Verses 23 & 24

Today’s Psalms remind us that God looks after the needy and afflicted, Christ’s resurrection is proof of that.  These prophetic words given to David by God show us what Christ says in His second coming:

Psa 22:23  Praise the LORD, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!

Psa 22:24  For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.

If we remember in the first half of this chapter, the whole Psalms focused on Christ’s agony at the cross, but now Christ has been risen up, and Christ commands us to praise, honor and fear God, because God keeps His promises, and God also hears the cries for help, God answered Christ’s cries when Christ was pleading for God to help Him, now Christ is the King of Kings, because God saw His Son’s agony and delivered Him, a temporary punishment for our sins is now His and our eternal reward!

 

 

May 9, 2022

Psalms 22 Verses 22 – Christ’s Second Advent

As we’ve been pressing forward through Psalms 22, it is a pretty dark Psalms in that it really gets into the nitty gritty specifics about Christ’s death, being pierced, being mocked, being afraid…scary stuff for sure, but as we segue into the 2nd half of Chapter 22 of the Psalms, we move Into what is His Second Advent, or His glorious return and reign, and as such, the Psalms takes on a much more celebratory tone:

Psa 22:22  I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

In Christ’s return or the 2nd coming, Christ will tell of Israel how glorious God is who saved Him, and made Christ King of Kings.  IF we think about this, that is certainly something only God could do.  We look at Christ’s final moments, it is hard to get lower in life that being inhumanely executed by being nailed to a cross, and in Jesus’s last couple of breaths, He is pleading to God.  God takes Christ who was being punished for our sin in the most horrific of ways, and then elevates Christ above all of humanity!  Even though the Second Coming has not yet happened, Christ is still clearly even today, 2000 years later, the most important figure in all of human history!  His martrydom has been studied, worshipped an is the foundation of most civilizations for centuries…only God could do something that awesome, taking someone from the lowest station in life, and elevating Him to the highest heaven in the afterlife! 

So when the Psalms says, I will tell of your name to my brothers, or Israel, and in the midst of the church, I will praise you Lord, Jesus is saying, My return is at your hand, and only You, Lord could do something that amazing, all these years later!  

May 6, 2022

Psalms 22:19-21 — Christ’s Final Moments

Psalms 22 show the waning moments of Christ’s earthly life here as He was on the cross, given to David from the Holy Spirit, foretelling the exact circumstances that Christ would later suffer on our behalf: 

Psa 22:19  O LORD, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!

Psa 22:20  Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from these dogs.

Psa 22:21  Snatch me from the lion’s jaws and from the horns of these wild oxen.

Noting verse 20, where The Psalmist and later Christ tell us save me from the sword, the Sword was a metaphor for the government at the time; Pilate and the Roman soldiers who carried out what the Jews desires to have Christ crucified.  

It is hard to think of darker circumstances that Christ could have endured, being surrounded by mockers, and He was without sin, yet falsely accused and convicted by the government at the time, having no where else to turn to put to God above.  

We can an only imagine a similar situation with us, where we are persecuted by others and can get no help from the courts or the governments, and Christ was completely innocent, the spotless lamb, had He actually sinned, he would not have been an acceptable offering, and not been risen up on the 3rd day.  

While these are some harrowing details for sure, it is also part of God’s plan of redemption for us.  Just like in Mosaic law, the atoning sacrifice for sin was a spotless lamb, and God would accept ancient Israel’s offering and take away their sin debt, provided the sacrifice was with out blemish.  Fast forward now to the New Covenant,  where Christ now becomes the spotless lamb for our sin, and again, we know He was without sin, because God accepted the sacrifice and emptied Christ’s grave.  

May 5, 2022

Psalms 22 Verses 17 & 18 – Christ’s Death Revealed in Psalms

More Messianic undertones are found in our Psalms today, specifically in Psalms 22 and the events that were surrounding Christ’s death, if we remember the Gospel narratives about Jesus’s death, The Book Of John says right afterwards they 

Joh 19:23  When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

Joh 19:24  So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

Today’s Psalm that was penned a thousand years earlier is exactly what that fulfilled scripture is:

Following along now in Psalms 22 verse 17 and 18:

Psa 22:17  I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat.

Psa 22:18  They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.

That was the fulfilled prophecy, so Old Testament Psalms telling us what would happen; and new Testament account from John tells us that’s exactly what happened, after Christ dies, the soldiers split up the only thing he had, the garments that Jesus wore.  

Also very telling here that Jesus, the Author of the Universe didn’t have worldly possessions, He certainly could have, but He was homeless, He entered Jerusalem on a lowly donkey, and His only belongings were the clothes on His back.  A reality check here for us, who put our trust in worldly junk like phones, cars, houses and money…if we want to be more Christlike, we should focus more on heavenly places that are eternal, and less on earthly things that we can’t take with us when we die!  

May 4, 2022

Psalms 22:14-16 – Prophetic Psalms

If we ever needed proof that the Bible is the ultimate standard of truth, we get it in today’s Psalms, again certain details surrounding Christ’s death are predicted with haunting accuracy, keeping in mind here that David is giving these Psalms 1000 + years before Christ died on the cross, so what David is saying, is actually what Christ is going to say when He is crucified a millennium later:

Psa 22:14  My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me.

Psa 22:15  My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead.

Psa 22:16  My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.

If we look at that text that David’s writing, it sounds like he originally wrote it when he was running away from his enemies like Saul or Absaolom but then we get into the specifics 

Psa 22:16  My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet.

They have pierced, which is exactly what happened to Jesus, He was literally pierced when they drove nails into Him on the cross, we have various disciples recalling this after it happened in around 33 AD.  

So we have David, who writing this prophecy, or prediction that was 100% accurate, which was given to David by the Holy Spirit, because all scripture is inspired by The Holy Spirit, and David correctly forecasts the anguish and agony that Christ was enduring, which is the central thrust of all the Bible, the fact that Jesus died for our sins, now while His death is certainly very sad, and should arouse our sympathies, the Good News is, or the Gospel is, He rose up on the 3rd day, and when we put our trust exclusively in Him, we will join Him in the life that comes after the one we’re living now.

 

May 3, 2022

Psalms 22:12-13

Checking in here with our the Messianic Psalms that are forecasting the circumstances surrounding Christ’s crucifixion;

Psa 22:12  Many bulls have surrounded me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.

Psa 22:13  They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion.

Noting there that the text talks about the Bulls of Bashan, Bashan, which is now Northern Syria, but Bashan was once under Israel rule, so these Bulls of Bashan were Israelites, and if we look at the Biblical narratives of the New Testament, it was the Israelites in Jerusalem who conspired against Jesus and wanted Him to be crucified.  

So these Israelites, who have surrounded Jesus have been likened to a roaring lion — it is Hard to think of scarier circumstances than being encircled by ravenous, angry lions – yet that is the kind of anxiety and anguish that Christ endured on our behalf, Christ became our sin, so that we could be made right with God.  

 

May 2, 2022

Psalms 22:11 —  Lord, Be not far from me

Psalms today demonstrates our complete reliance on God when times are hard, in this case it was when Christ was on the cross, there was no help from the masses; there are times in our own lives where we find ourselves in the same level of despair:

Psa 22:11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.

The verse is saying, Lord stay close to me, because I am under siege and You, Lord are the only one who can help me, no one else is! 

If we have ever found ourselves in similar circumstances, maybe not being hung up on a cross, like our Dear Savior, but found ourselves in a helpless situation; a sick relative, a car accident, a natural disaster…we also appeal to God, just as both Christ and David did…it is times like these where we are closest to God; when we are enjoying a carefree life that is full of God’s blessings, God tends to be an afterthought, but boy – when times get tough, that is when we are closest to God.  Us sheep may tend to wander, but our Shepherd is always there.  

April 29, 2022

Psalms 21:9-11 – Christ’s Appeal To The Father

Continuing on in Christ’s final moments as foretold in the Psalms, Jesus makes a final appeal to God to save Him from this pain, anguish and humiliation.  Keeping in mind here that Christ was going through a more painful event than any of us could ever imagine, crucifixion was possibly the most inhumane form of punishment, without getting to gory, it should also be pointed out that Christ hung for hours, this isn’t like today’s one and done executions with an electric chair or lethal injection of even a firing squad.  This was a long at torturous process that took a full six hours, being mounted on a cross…by nails… while at the same time, being pulled down by your own body weight…unimaginable suffering.  So while we paint a rather grotesque, but important backdrop here, let’s now see what Christ says in the Psalms:

Psa 22:9  Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breasts.

Psa 22:10  Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb.

Psa 22:11  Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.

Christ’s appeal to God the Father is, Lord you sent me into this world, literally…remembering the virgin birth from the Holy Spirit, please help me.  No one else is helping me…a truly sad state of affairs that our Savior had to undergo to pay our debts.  The masses were wooed by His works and miracles but want nothing to do with Him now.  Remember when He fed the masses with just a couple of fish and a few loafs of bread?  Those same people who once adored Him have now jumped on the anti-Jesus bandwagon or turned a blind eye to His sufferings, since Christ can’t get any help from His fair-weather friends, He calls on God to help Him, because humans will not.  

As a side note, not much has changed with human condition, when there is something in it for us, everyone wants to know you, but when you can’t directly benefit someone, you can often feel as along as Christ did in His final moments.  We humans are a fickle and flaky people…full of sin, especially compared to Christ, who became our sin and died for us so that we could live.  

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