Psalm 22:23-31

You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;

stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted;

he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.

From you comes my praise in the great congregation;

my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied;

those who seek him shall praise the LORD.

May your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD;

and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

For dominion belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.

To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;

before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

and I shall live for him.

Posterity will serve him;

future generations will be told about the Lord,

and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,

saying that he has done it.

 

From Rev. Wesley Howsare, Pastor

First Christian Church, Moundsville

Our scripture passage falls between the first part of Psalm 22, one of the psalms of suffering, and the famous 23rd Psalm, a psalm of the Shepherd’s care.  This second part of Psalm 22 gives praise to the Lord and gives assurances that He will keep His promises, one of which is to care for the needy.

So from a Lenten time and Messianic perspective, we have the suffering and death of the sinless One, the praise and worship of the One who overcomes death and suffering, followed in the 23rd Psalm by the way in which the One, the Great Shepherd, cares for His sheep.                 Passion Week can be such a roller coaster of emotions for us.  At Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, we weep and are sorrowful for what Our Lord endured before and on the cross—even though we know it was part of the salvation plan for us, part of the way the Shepherd demonstrated His love for His sheep.  But then, on Easter Sunday, we rejoice, worship, and praise Him for conquering sin and death, and because He did, we can!  We praise Him because He cares for us, and continues to watch over us!

 

Lord, we praise you, we worship you,

and we thank you for your shepherding care.  Amen.

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