REVIEW OF PSALM 21
David realizes that God has heard his prayers, and answered them. He realized that it was God who gave him victory in his battles. He realized that it was God who made him king. He also realizes that it was God’s strength that brought him through the difficult times and gave him victory over the enemy. He is acknowledging that all he has are blessings from God.
Sometimes answered prayers are easily overlooked. We may have prayed for something years ago, so long that we forgot we even prayed for it. Be like David and think about how blessed you are. Try to recall things or situations you prayed for even years ago and thank Him. Thank Him for His strength and love that brought you through difficult times.
It’s important to remember God’s blessings, but He knows our tendency to forget. We often stand on His promises, but do we forget when they are fulfilled that He was the one who bestowed such a blessing upon us? In Deuteronomy He warned the children of Israel as they were about to enter the Promised Land not to forget the blessing had come from Him.
He said, “When you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large, and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.”
The first of three Psalms known as the “Shepherd Psalms”. Psalm 22 is know as the “Psalm of the Cross” is prophetic pointing to David’s Son, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I
groan for help? 2. Every day I call to You, my God, but You do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. NLT
The words in KJV may be a little more familiar to us. Psalm 22:1-2. “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 day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.”
David here is speaking the same words Jesus, the Son of David, spoke as He was dying on the cross. It has been said that Jesus was probably recalling the scriptures that day as He suffered in agony.
Those words should have been a light to those around him that day that knew the scriptures. You would think that they would have recognized that scripture was being fulfilled.
In fact the heading of the Psalm, “Aijeleth Hashahar” in Hebrew means hind of the dawn” or the “breaking of the dawn” the glory of God coming forth or our redemption.
Remember this was a dark time, yet light was breaking forth. The light of the glory of God! As He was quoting these words from scripture it should have been a light to those around Him as to what was going on as He hung on
Although this was thought to be prophetic, David probably suffered times of agony, only not to the extent the Son of David, who knew no sin, had to suffer.
This is the only time in scripture that Jesus addressed the Lord as God instead of Father. Remember in scripture He told us as we pray to say “Our Father which art in Heaven. This time He addressed Him as God, because their relationship was broken. At this moment He was out of fellowship with His Father for the first and only time. This was because He who had never sinned, took our sin.
Haven’t there been times that you have cried out to the Lord, not understanding why He had not answered your plea for help? Trust the Lord for His glory, just as it was for David is about to be shown through you.
3. Yet You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4. Our ancestors trusted in You, and You rescued them. 5. They cried out to You and were saved.They trusted in You and were never disgraced.
Here David had to encourage himself. He had to think about the many stories of how the Lord rescued His people when they trusted in Him through difficult times.
Isaiah 54:4-8 “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood. For your Creator will be your husband;the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is His name!He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. For the Lord has called you back from your grief—as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”says your God. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great compassion I will take you back. In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while. But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”says the Lord, your Redeemer.
David recalled his ancestors. Hebrews, known as the “Faith Chapter” recalls all those faithful ones who have gone before us. We won’t name them all here, but Hebrews 11:39 says, “All of these people we have mentioned received God’s approval because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised.”
I love what the NLT study Bible gave as an example. “Do you remember how you felt when you were very young and your birthday approached? You were excited and anxious. You knew you would certainly receive gifts and other special treats. But somethings would be a surprise. Birthdays combine assurance and anticipation, and so does faith!
Faith is the conviction based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours.”
6. But I am a worm and not a man.I am scorned and despised by all! 7. Everyone who sees me mocks me.They sneer and shake their heads, saying, 8. “Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let the Lord save him!If the Lord loves him so much,let the Lord rescue him!”
If you will remember we studied about the crimson worm when we studied the building of the Tabernacle. Here are some things about the crimson worm and how
it relates to Christ on the cross. This was taken from an article I found in
something called the “Evangelistic Outreach Ministries”
“The Crimson worm climbs on the tree all by itself. It searches out the Kermes Oak which is symbolic of it’s destiny. It willingly climbs on the tree, just asChrist willingly hung on the cross for us. The worm knows when it climbs on the tree it will die. It goes to the tree to give birth to a family. It attaches itself to the tree because the body of the worm will eventually be shelter for the young, which will be born. Remember it was not nails that held our savior to the cross. It was love! That same love and broken body of our Lord is protection for us against the winds of heresy and unbelief of the ages. The worm will then lay it’s eggs and shelter them under her body.
During the birthing process, she secretes a Crimson fluid or gel. The scarlet fluid covers her entire body and all the eggs she lays. It also leaves a stain on the tree, which will never fade away with the passing of time! The blood of Jesus stained Him, the cross and all of us, which are saved! The blood will never lose its power!
After dying to birth the family something amazing takes place. For a period of three days the worm can be scraped from the tree and the Crimson gel can be used to make a dye. That dye what’s the same which was used in the tabernacle and in the garments of the High Priest. On the morning of the fourth day the worm has pulled the head and the tail together and is now in the shape of a heart on the tree but it is no longer Crimson. It is now a wax, which is as white as snow. They can still harvest the wax and use it to make shellac, a preservative of wood. Praise God for the resurrection, which serves as a preservative of the message of the cross. The crimson worm is also very fragrant when it’s crushed. No other life in history has sweetened the pathway of humanity like the crimson worm who was crushed for our sin, Jesus.
He also stated that the Crimson worm was also used to make medicine. Jesus is the healer of our diseases. Jesus is the Crimson Worm who died and was crushed for you and me.”
9. Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust You at my mother’s breast. 10. I was thrust into Your arms at my birth.You have been my God from the moment I was born. 11. Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me. 12. My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls; fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in! 13. Like lions they open their jaws against me, roaring and tearing into their prey..
Have you ever felt so imprisoned by circumstances that you could see no way out?
You felt as though you were hemmed in as David describes here with no way of escape. The bulls of Bashan are demons. The enemy with his demons attack us just as described here. They roar in your ears telling you there is no way of escape. As we we know Satan is described in the scriptures as a “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”.
14. My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.My heart is like wax, melting within me.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.
“John 19:31-34 offers this unique account that occurred at the end of Jesus’ crucifixion: “Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.”
Why did blood and water come out of Jesus’ side when it was pierced?
In crucifixion victims over a period of time the ability to push up to breathe would end and oxygen flow would be restricted. This asphyxiation can also result in the buildup of fluid around the heart.
We also know that the fluids of “water and blood” are symbolic of “birthing fluids”. The “Church” was birthed when His side was pierced and the birthing fluids of blood and water flowed.
16. My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me.They have pierced my hands and feet. 17. I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat.
Again we see so clearly the description that matches what we read in the New Testament as Jesus hung on the cross.
Realize that “crucifixion” was not known at the time David was writing this. This was written a thousand years before Christ was crucified. Crucifixion was introduced by the Persians. The Romans adopted this cruel act from them, but at the time David wrote this it was not practiced.
None of His bones were broken as prophesied. The soldiers went to the other crosses to make sure they were dead, but when they got to Jesus He was already dead.
This is the scripture in Numbers 9:12 regarding the Passover lamb. “They must not leave any of the lamb until the next morning, and they must not break any of its bones. They must follow all the normal regulations concerning the Passover.”
Psalm 34:20 says, “For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!”
- They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.
- O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
- Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from these dogs. 21. Snatch me from the lion’s jaws and from the horns of these wild oxen.
In John 19:23-24 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. 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.”
In Israel when the high priest died they would take his robe and tear it into pieces to be used as wicks in the candlesticks in the Temple. But Jesus, our great High Priest’s robe was not ripped because He would live. But something else ripped. The veil in the Temple that separates people from the Holy of Holies ripped from top to bottom, so that everyone is welcome to come boldly to the throne of grace.
22. I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise You among Your assembled people. 23. Praise the Lord, all you who fear Him! Honor Him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show Him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! 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.
25. I will praise You in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship You. 26. The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise Him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. 27. The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to Him. All the families of the nations will bow down before Him. 28. For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all the nations. 29. Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow before Him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust. 30. Our children will also serve Him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. 31. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.They will hear about everything He has done.
The cross is not just the starting point in our Christian life. The longer you walk with the Lord the more you realize the more you are prone to sin. You realize your own sinful nature just as David did. You realize your tendency to boast, your tendency to judge, your tendency to sin.
The more you realize this, you have to cling to the cross. We have to cling to the cross continually. You won’t boast of anything, but your need for the blood of Jesus. Our life should be nothing else but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.