Vindication

Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can contact him by sending a message to  bobjc88 @ gmail.com. You can also find him at his new blog at www.roberlain.blogspot.com .

Psalm 22:19–31 (ESV)
19 But you, O LORD, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 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!
24 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.
25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD! May your hearts live forever!
27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.
29 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.
30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

This second part of Psalm 22 is in marked contrast to the first part, and describes the vindication of our crucified Lord. He declares that God has rescued Him, foreshadowing the resurrection. God the Father has vindicated His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, we the people of God, who trust in Him, are to praise and glorify Him. We may know affliction in life, but we shall eat and be satisfied. We who seek the Lord find in Him our all in all.

There’s now fulfilment of this Psalm in that all around the world people follow Christ as their Lord. Most tribes, tongues and nations include worshippers of Him amongst them. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

From the rich to the poor, from the dead to the unborn- every knee will bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. It’s not about us and any intrinsic goodness in us, as if there was any. It’s all about Christ and His righteousness credited to our accounts. For when He said “It is finished” on the cross, He meant that He’d accomplished salvation for us.

“Oh Lord our God, we worship You for achieving our salvation on the cross. May we gladly worship You all of our days and forevermore. To Your praise and glory, amen.”


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