Psalm 22 (Part 3) – Praise to the Savior

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Praise, Honor and Worship

The third section of Psalm 22 is a dramatic shift from the previous theme. Earlier verses highlight the agonizing sense of being separated from God.

— Verse 1 – My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

— Verse 2 – During the day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.

— Verse 11 – Do not stay away from me! Trouble is near, and there is no one to help.

— Verse 15 – You have left me for dead in the dust.

— Verse 19 – O Lord, don’t stay away from me!

In Jesus’ case nothing short of the resurrection could change the atmosphere from what we read in verse 21 to the praise that begins in verse 22.

As we pray the remainder of Psalm 22, we can praise God for what he did through Jesus and glorify God for how he transforms despair into joy.

I will tell my people what you have done;
I will praise you in their assembly:
“Praise him, you servants of the Lord!
Honor him, you descendants of Jacob!
Worship him, you people of Israel!
He does not neglect the poor or ignore their suffering;
he does not turn away from them,
but answers when they call for help.”
(Psalm 22.22-24)

Three words are used for praise in these verses: praise, honor, and worship. Praise expresses admiration and approval for the actions and character of God.

Isaiah best pictures the honor Jesus is due. Isaiah made known the dishonor and disrespect that came upon Jesus as he suffered for us.

We despised him and rejected him;
he endured suffering and pain.
No one would even look at him—
we ignored him as if he were nothing.
(Isaiah 53.3)

Isaiah also illuminates how Jesus’ actions on behalf of all of us are worthy of great honor.

And so I will give him a place of honor,
a place among the great and powerful.
He willingly gave his life
and shared the fate of evil men.
He took the place of many sinners
and prayed that they might be forgiven.
(Isaiah 53.12)

Paul’s great hymn of praise for our crucified and risen Savior, describes the worship he is due.

For this reason God raised him to the highest place above
and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.
And so, in honor of the name of Jesus
all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below
will fall on their knees,
and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2.9-11)

As we worship, honor and praise Jesus, let’s use the Bible passages of today’s article to help us express our great appreciation and awe of our Savior.

Praise of the People

The praise of the speaker cannot be contained in the life of one person. The full assembly of worshipers are invited to praise Jesus for what he has done.

In the full assembly I will praise you for what you have done;
in the presence of those who worship you
I will offer the sacrifices I promised.
The poor will eat as much as they want;
those who come to the Lord will praise him.
May they prosper forever!
(Psalm 22.25-26)

The praise of the rescued is a gift to the assembled people of God. During yesterday’s worship service at Maywood Baptist, Brian English told of how God graciously saved him while he was in prison.

One of Brian’s favorite expressions is, “Praise Jesus!” He praises Jesus that he is not dead or incarcerated for life. Instead, he has an abundant life. As Brian praised Jesus for what he has done for him, he gave the congregation a gift. We were able to join in his praise and exult in the goodness of God.

Every time we praise God, we give people who hear our praise a gift. Just as criticism and cynicism produces a cloud of doom, praise lifts the heart and brings encouragement and hope.

The Nations Rejoice

God’s plan has always been to bless the nations (Genesis 12.3). God desires to conquer the people of the world through the cross of his Son (Psalm 2.8 and Matthew 28.19-20). It is only fitting that the nations join in the praise of the Savior.

All nations will remember the Lord.
From every part of the world they will turn to him;
all races will worship him.
The Lord is king,
and he rules the nations.
(Psalm 22.27-28)

Some people pray like this: “Lord, I pray for my wife, our son John, and his wife. Us four and no more.”

God has a worldwide vision. This simple chorus should be our desire and prayer.

Everybody ought to know.
Everybody ought to know.
Everybody ought to know.
Who Jesus is.

Praise for Our Children

The Psalm ends with a vision of praise that extends to children who have not yet been born. The rich gift of Jesus is to be honored by people like us throughout the generations.

All proud people will bow down to him;
all mortals will bow down before him.
Future generations will serve him;
they will speak of the Lord to the coming generation.
People not yet born will be told:
“The Lord saved his people.”
(Psalm 22.29-31)

Mike Hempel and Matthew Brewer work together installing flooring. They post pictures of Bible verses on Facebook that they write on the floor which is about to be covered with carpet or laminate.

Both guys are full of praise and exuberance for the goodness of God in their lives. I believe their praise is contagious. Let’s imitate their example and see what God does through our praise.

May We Pray for You

Maywood Baptist Church has a prayer team who is happy to pray for your requests. Please email me at bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. I will pray for you and ask the team to pray, too.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve commented before that I began 2020 reading a Psalm a day and refer to notes I made on my journey through this book as I read your articles. I have a note to myself, after highlighting verse 30-31 ‘I must tell my grandchildren of Jesus – especially when their parents don’t.’ I now have 12 grands – but only get to worship with two. However, I make sure the others know where my strength comes from. I don’t hesitate to talk about Jesus. My Bibles are well used, and accessible if they have questions. I don’t always get it right, but I am committed to the effort.

    And then there is today. We will meet with you, Bob, to honor and bury my dad later today. It is the joy we find in resurrection after mourning over the cross that gives me peace and comfort today – just as it has these 8 months since Mike went to Jesus.

    I have struggled this week with the image of finding dad’s body – of the tumultuous fall in the stairwell – of heavy sadness that he was alone when it happened. Jesus has been with me through these feelings – on Sunday morning as I wept over his being alone I heard the nearly audible voice of our Savior say “He wasn’t alone my child….I was there.” That was reassurance I needed.

    Oh, Jesus! Because You are always with us, I will declare your name to my people, in the assembly I will praise You! You have not hidden Your face from me, but have listened to my cries. Thank you for being I AM. You are all. Amen

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