A Song of Praise With Confidence

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Contagious

The first half of this psalm examined the terrible shame and suffering of Jesus hanging on the cross. Those verses let us know something of what Jesus thought, of how He suffered, and of how He prayed when He was on the cross. However, in today’s passage the scene shifts from a song of lament to a song of praise with a confidence that God the Father is near. Instead of a scene of sorrow it is a scene of happiness. Five times in these ten verses Jesus says:

  1. You who fear the Lord, praise Him” - (v. 23).
  2. Those who seek Him (Jesus) will praise the Lord” - (v. 26).
  3. All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord” - (v. 27).
  4. For the kingdom is the Lord’s” - (v. 28).
  5. It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation” - (v. 30).

Our text in this psalm includes all peoples, all families, all races, and all cultures. It calls for all to come to the resurrected, exalted, glorified Lord whom the Father has delivered from death. The spread of the gospel to all the nations has always been an essential part of the plan of God. Unborn generations are depending on our faithfulness today. As we teach our children about the Lord they will teach their children and in turn their children’s children. World missions has not been an innovation of modern times but a biblical priority from the beginning. The question is, do we want to be a part of it and enter into that exciting process by being contagious.

Application

It is my desire that my life might become contagious for the Lord and spread to others.

Psalms 22:22-31 (English Standard Version)

I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. The afflicted 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 you. For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

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