View Bible Text. But, according to Psalm 22:6-8, he’s not yet been delivered from his enemies like his ancestors had been in times past. The joy and gratitude of our adorable Lord rise to such a height at this great deliverance, his heart so overflows with fresh and blessed consciousness of his heavenly Father's nearness, that he again pours forth the expression of his praise. I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The psalmist’s promise of praise dominates verses 22-26. This is what he’s going to say to them that will constitute his praising the Lord in their midst from Psalm 22:22. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. Oh when shall our service of song be a pure offering? If we read past its rightly famous first verse, we are jostled by the rich language of the Psalm and the grand reversal that arrives late in the day but just in time. We’ll start with the superscription in Psalm 22:1. In all four Gospels (Mark 15:24; Matthew 27:35; Luke 23:34; John 19:24) the description of the soldiers’ activity beneath the cross draws on Psalm 22:18: “they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.”. In fact, I think it’s best to see Psalm 22:23-24 as the content of the psalmist’s praising of the Lord to his brothers. I don’t know all the details. John Stevenson. But then he notes that he seems to be the exception. The psalmist recognizes God’s hand on him since his birth. The psalmist begins by acknowledging that trouble is near, but helpers aren’t. The post-Easter texts assigned for this year contain several readings from the Book of Acts. That is, he would keep the vows which in his afflictions he had made, that he would praise and serve God. And I will execute great vengeance upon them, love the Lord your God with all your heart, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Laudation; specifically (concretely) a hymn, Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely), Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality), To be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications), A promise (to God); also (concretely) a thing promised, A front, i.e., part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate; usually (adverbial, especially with preposition) over against or before. Jesus Christ your Lord. We see these very dynamics at work in Matthew 27:41-43. And surely, the psalmist would have performed the actions he’s speaking of. His suffering was unique at that point as He offered Himself up for the sins of His people. Now, Psalm 21 is Scripture and it is inspired by God and it is profitable to be sure. The Word of God is an instruction manual to teach us His ways, as well as a love-letter to all His children. I think it would be an unusual thing if we didn’t have anyone in here who was feeling this way. And this is part of the trouble with interpreting lament psalms. As if when you’re reading this psalm these various things are unfolding at this very moment. Psalms 22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. And the Word of God is a light to our path and a lamp to illumine the way that God would have us tread. EXPOSITION. The Lord answers the psalmist and this begins the praise section of this psalm which extends from Psalm 22:21-31. for thou hast [heard/answered] me [|] from the horns of the [unicorns/wild oxen] [remim]. Why the praise and the glorifying and the fear? Psalm 22 illustrates the wide range of emotions, yearnings, and destinies in our life with God. It contains so many powerful thoughts regarding the Savior, and His death on our behalf, that the Christian cannot but be stirred by it. He pictures the enemies as piercing his hands and feet. All the praises which proceed from their hearts and lips are the fruit of his "vows," of his fidelity, and his prayers. The section concludes with a concatenation of petitions for God to be near and to save from the sword, the dog, and the lion (verses 19-21a). God experienced the painful feeling of being abandoned by… God. Though the original setting of Psalm 22 had nothing to do with the passion of Jesus, a Messianic reading is a natural result of the psalm’s extensive expression of suffering and its far-reaching declaration of hope. Trouble that makes it appear even to them that the Lord had indeed abandoned the psalmist. The connection between Psalm 22 and the story of Jesus’ suffering and death is natural given the extensive description of suffering the psalm contains. The praise and hope in the face of darkness is no utopian fantasy. Thank you for your hard work and effort putting this together. 30 [A seed/Posterity/A whole generation] shall serve him; it shall be [accounted/told] [to/of/about] the Lord [for/to] a generation [i.e., that is to come/next]. “My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.”. Psalm 22 illustrates the wide range of emotions, yearnings, and destinies in our life with God. 21 [Save/Rescue] me from the lion’s mouth: And I’m going to borrow the phrase “from the horns of the [unicorns/wild oxen] [remim].” at the very end of Psalm 22:21 and put it here and leave the rest of the verse for the next section. Verses 1-11 has two complaints (verses 1-2, 6-8), each of which contains some of the most striking language in the Psalms. 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. The Lord and the Lord only is the theme which the believer handleth when he gives himself to imitate Jesus in praise. No fellow man is there to help him and many are there to harm him. And we continued on in that series for about six months ending at Psalm 20 at which point we turned our attention to the book of Ecclesiastes. KJV Psalm 22:1 . We want to piece together a brief lament, a quick prayer request, even strengthened by a prayer chain from friends — and God should intervene now and give us what we ask for. 25  My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. God the Son reported feeling as if God the Father had abandoned him and refused to hear his prayers. Psalm 22 – The Servant of God Forsaken, Rescued, and Triumphant. The clerk says, "Let us sing to the praise and glory of God;" but the choir often sing to the praise and glory of themselves. Once Christ was forsaken, we never will be. ~ David Praises God. They will glorify God for this your zeal; they will join their spirits with your spirit in this open performance of duty; they will become followers of you, and learn of you to vow and pay unto the Lord, and that openly, publicly. And I would normally be inclined – with what I think I know about Hebrew poetry – to have thought that the actions of “parting” and of “casting lots” was basically the same thing stated with different words. And yet I think many of us would rather face that particular animal over the next animal the psalmist compares his enemies to. And when those in the great congregation of true believers hear the psalmist’s praise and when they see him paying his vows to the Lord, they’ll respond according to Psalm 22:26. In other words, in Psalm 22:1-10 we’re going to hear about what is bothering the psalmist the most at this point in his life. It will reach to the ends of the world according to Psalm 22:27-28. He’s prayed that the Lord would deliver him, but God seems very far from doing that.