Monday, April 27, 2009

Psalm 22 - transformed into a worship leader

And so the entire psalm turns after verse 21, moving from cries of desperation into a celebration of the goodness of God. The psalmist is now the worship leader.

PS 22:22 I will declare your name to my brothers;

in the congregation I will praise you.

PS 22:23 You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

PS 22:24 For he has not despised or disdained

the suffering of the afflicted one;

he has not hidden his face from him

but has listened to his cry for help.

PS 22:25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;

before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.

PS 22:26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;

they who seek the LORD will praise him--

may your hearts live forever!

Declaring God's name, calling people to praise, honor, and revere the Lord, the God who listens and answers. These are outward expressions of the fear of the Lord. And not only does he call people to praise with their mouths, he praises God with his actions and his life.

When he says that he will fulfill his vows in verse 25, he is operating in fulfillment of Deuteronomy 16:10-12. His worship of God invites others to celebrate by giving a peace offering and feast that the poor are invited to. Shouldn't our worship be accompanied by action, by an acting out of what we celebrate. If we praise God that He has blessed us and supplied our needs, doesn't it make sense that we live actively in that and extend those blessings to others, believing that it is God who provided them in the first place? Our deliverance gives us the freedom to look outward.

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