Jesus and the Psalms

February 18, 2017

Throughout the bible there are images and revelations of Jesus, especially in the Psalms. Most individuals use the New Testament as the only point of reference on the Messiah. You will discover amazing truths about Him in older books, from Genesis to Malachi. Let’s look at some wonderful, unveiling details on Jesus mentioned in the Psalms.

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.  Psalm 22:1, 2

This shows a point of heavy feelings of abandonment and rejection. At this point He appears beyond despair. The answer didn’t come quickly and His will and desire to avoid persecution isn’t God’s desire. Has your life ever been in a place or situation you couldn’t understand?

But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.
 They cried to You, and were delivered;
They trusted in You, and were not ashamed. (3-5)

No matter how imperfect the situation, God is holy. The Lord is good and there’s always a place of overcoming. With Him all things are possible.

But I am a worm, and no man;
A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
All those who see Me ridicule Me;
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
“He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him;
Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!” (6-8)

Scoffers don’t understand faith. These individuals always find a way to avoid pain, even if it means hurting someone in the process. They shake their heads at your vulnerability because they would never allow themselves to face such humiliation.

I am poured out like water,
And all My bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It has melted within Me.
 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And My tongue clings to My jaws;
You have brought Me to the dust of death.

For dogs have surrounded Me;
The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me.
They pierced My hands and My feet;
I can count all My bones.
They look and stare at Me.
They divide My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots. (14-18)

Here Jesus in the Psalms has amazing details about His crucifixion! I remember seeing hundreds of paintings that betray Jesus’ death. But according to legend, a cross was positioned much closer to the ground. In this way, dogs are able to pull the bodies down. Jesus was blessed to be taken down just in time before the Sabbath. In the start of a new week, we can only imagine what happened to thousands of men who were not cared for and left to rot on a dirty cross.

All the ends of the world
Shall remember and turn to the Lord,
And all the families of the nations
Shall worship before You.
 For the kingdom is the Lord’s,
And He rules over the nations. (v. 27, 28)

Jesus and the Psalms reveal how God saved the world from sin. Throughout the four corners of the world, billions praise His name and give thanks for the chance of salvation. In Him there’s LIFE and a glorious hope for His soon coming kingdom.

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