This evening we will begin a three week look at Psalm 22, 23 and 24. These Psalms paint a beautiful picture of Easter. It begins with Psalm 22, what has been referred to as Calvary's Psalm or the Psalm of the Cross, in this great Psalm, the Good Shepherd dies for his sheep. In this great Psalm we have the picture of the death of Jesus, given to us in great detail, centuries before the event.
In Psalm 23, probably one of the most recognized Psalm. In this Psalm, the Great Shepherd lives for His sheep and cares for His sheep. The Great Shepherd walked through the valley of the shadow of death and lives!
Finally in Psalm 24 we have the Resurrected Lord, the Good Shepherd, ascending to His proper place, the King of Glory and the Lord of Host, mighty in battle!
Tonight we are going to focus on Psalm 22.
Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly. 11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 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. 15 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. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 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. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations. 29 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. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
I want to first remind us of the words of Christ while on Calvary:
Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
A direct quote of this Psalm. But also, look at the last phrase of the last verse in Psalm 22, “that he hath done this.” This phrase, in the Hebrew is one word which means finished!
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
This Psalm was written by David, but there is no moment in his life that can match the details of these events. This is obviously the work of the Holy Spirit inspiring David, giving him and us a glimpse into the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Shepherd dying for His sheep.
Psalm 22 depicts the horrific Good Friday scene where the Sufferer was:
Forsaken by God (Ps. 22:1; Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34)
Abused verbally by men (Ps. 22:6-7; Matt. 26:67-68; 27:27-31)
Ridiculed by men for His trust in God (Ps. 22:8; Matt. 27:39-44; Mark. 15:29-32; Luke 23:35, 39)
Surrounded by enemies (Ps. 22:12-13, 16; Matt. 27:27-31, 39-44; Mark 15:16-20)
Weakened physically (Ps. 22:14-15; Matt. 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26)
Thirsty (Ps. 22:15; John 19:28)
Pierced in His hands and feet yet bones not broken (Ps. 22:16-17; Matt. 27:39-44; John 19:31-36)
Stared at by the people (Ps. 22:17; Matt. 27:55-56; Luke 23:35, 48-49; John 19:20)
Humiliated as lots were cast for His clothing (Ps. 22:18; Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23-24)
Afflicted yet prayers answered (Ps. 22:21, 24; Heb. 5:7-8)
Easter According to Psalm 22, 23 and 24 - Part 1- Clint Patronella
This Psalm reminds us of the truth, Jesus died for our sins.
2 Corinthians 5:21 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.
Easter is a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We celebrate that because it means that He was successful in what He came to do, seek and to save that which was lost. In order to do that, the one that knew no sin became a sin sacrifice for us. The promise that is given to us all is now:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
My prayer for each of you is that you have personally experienced the victory of Easter.
Bro. Chad Higgins