June 17, 2007
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- (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
- Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
- For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
- He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
- His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
- For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
- For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
- Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.
- Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
- Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
- For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
- Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.
- Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
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- (To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
- O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
- But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
- Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
- They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
- But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
- All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
- He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
- But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
- I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
- Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
- Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
- They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
- I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
- My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
- For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
- I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
- They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
- But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
- Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
- Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
- I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
- Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
- For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
- My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
- The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
- All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
- For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.
- All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
- A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
- They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
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- (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
- He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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- (A Psalm of David.) The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
- For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
- Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
- He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
- He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
- This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
- Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
- Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
- Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
- Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
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- (A Psalm of David.) Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
- O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
- Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
- Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
- Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
- Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
- Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.
- Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
- The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
- All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
- For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
- What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
- His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
- The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
- Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
- Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
- The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
- Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
- Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
- O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
- Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
- Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
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There are different classifications of Psalms recorded for us in the Scriptures. One of these groups is known as the Messianic Psalms because these psalms contain prophecies concerning the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Psalm 22 fits into that category, because it gives a very clear picture of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. When we realize that David was inspired to write this psalm approximately 1000 years before the birth of Jesus, and when we understand that crucifixion as a means of capital punishment was not popularized until the Roman Empire, the prophetic accuracy of this passage becomes an even greater testimony to the authority and inspiration of the Bible.
The Psalm opens with Christ's famous words on the cross,
"My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
To my mind there are no more stunning words in the Scriptures than these. Christ was not confused when He made this statement, nor was He in error. What He said was happening was indeed taking place. God told His people,
"I will never leave thee nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5),
yet He forsook His only-begotten Son on the cross. I will never be able to comprehend the great sacrifice that was made for my sin. I will never understand how Jesus could die for me. However, perhaps the greatest sacrifice that our Lord made that day personally was that He allowed the relationship that He had held with the Heavenly Father for all of eternity to be broken. There had never been a time, nor an instance before time was created, that the Father and the Son did not have complete intimacy and perfection of relationship. Yet on the cross the Father turned His back on the Son, and forsook Him as He became sin for mankind. As this reality sinks in, may we have a greater love for our Lord because of what He has done for us.
Several other verses in Psalm 22 refer to the physical anguish that Jesus endured on the cross. In verse 6 the Bible records,
"I am a worm and no man."
This is certainly a designation of how the Jews viewed Christ while he hung there, for the remainder of the verse mentions that He was a reproach and despised. Yet it is also a physical description of the Lord. The picture here is of a worm that was used for dyeing clothe. In order for the "dye" to be extracted, the worm had to be crushed. This is what the psalmist is referring to. We know that our Saviour was scourged, slapped, and had his beard plucked out and the crown of thorns driven onto His head, all before the actual crucifixion. Is it any wonder that He is referred to as a crushed worm, shedding its blood?
Verses 7-8 foretell the mocking that the Lord endured while on the cross. The Gospels tell us that men said "He saved others; himself he cannot save," (Mark 15:31). Verse 13 speaks of how the crowds stood near the foot of the cross staring at Him and jeering Him. Verse 14 speaks of the dehydration that Jesus experienced on the cross and that every bone was out of joint. This, of course, would have taken place when the cross was dropped into the hole. Imagine if you can what it must have been like to hang there in the hot Judean sun with every bone out of joint. In a crucifixion, the victim must pull himself up in order to breathe. No bones were broken for this was also prophesied (John 19:36), but the physical agony must have been intense. Verse 16 speaks of the piercing of Christ's hands and feet by the nails of crucifixion. Again, remember that this type of execution was unknown to those of David's time period. Finally, verse 18 foretells the fact that the Roman guards gambled for the clothing that Christ wore (John 19:23-24).
My sin is so great that it required the agonizing death of the Son of God to atone for it. May we who are saved love Him and serve Him because of what He has done. And, if you haven't yet received Him as your Savior, you must repent and believe on Him today. Can you see Christ on the cross, and still reject Him? Can you see the price that was required by your sinfulness, and still trust your own "goodness" to get to Heaven? The Bible tells us that
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Cor. 5:21).
Please accept this great sacrifice that the Lord has made for you.
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery