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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Psalm 22:1, 23

 
My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?... And all you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him!
Psalm 22:1, 23

In Psalm 22, we see perhaps the most exquisite description of the suffering of Jesus in the Old Testament. We hear the humanity of Jesus in His helpless cry, feeling for the first time the abandonment of His Father, with whom He has ceaselessly enjoyed fellowship for eternity past.

Mockers mercilessly taunt Him. There is no one to help Him. He feels nothing but excruciating pain: bones out of joint; all strength is gone. Enclosed by the wicked, Jesus cries for His Father to save His life from the dogs and from the lion’s mouth, and then, astonishingly, He cries, "You have answered Me!" (Psalm 22:21).

In verse 22, there is an amazing transition from humiliating, hopeless feelings of abandonment, to unspeakable glory. This is perhaps the only prophecy in the Old Testament that juxtaposes the horror of the cross with the glory of the cross; the humiliating suffering with the praise of His glory. From Jesus' prayer in John 17, we observe that His death on the cross is the most definitive event in all of history that declares the glory of God. "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the foundation of the world" (John 17:5).

From verse 22 to the end of this psalm, there are over a dozen calls to praise and worship, along with a wonderful prophecy of world evangelism: "All the families of the nations shall worship before You" (Psalm 22:27). Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death on the cross. Therefore God highly exalted Him, so that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:6-11).

Tom Day

 

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