Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jesus, David and Us

"But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me;
O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
Deliver Me from the sword,
My precious life from the power of the dog.
Save Me from the lion’s mouth
And from the horns of the wild oxen!
You have answered Me."
Psalm 22:19-21

When we read Messianic Psalms like this we have to keep a couple things in mind.  The Bible is man’s word, but it is also God’s Word at the same time.  David may or may not have exactly known what he was writing.  He may have been writing off of his personal experience, but the Holy Spirit through him used him and inspired him to make this Psalm a prophecy of the Messiah in Psalms 22.
So we see in King David a picture of the Messiah; of Jesus.  In Isaiah 53 the Messiah is a man acquainted with sorrows.  David as well was a man of many sorrows.  He is man broken before the Lord, he was a murderer and an adulterer.  For years he had to run for his life as King Saul tried to kill him, and also later when David's own son Absalom sought to usurp the throne.  In this Psalm David is at the end.  Everyone is against him!  Wild bulls, lions and oxen’s horns are ready to tear him apart!
Despite, all this what does David do?  What is the only thing he can do?  All he can do is trust in the Lord and lean on Him.  He cries out to the Lord.  In the same manner we see this with Jesus.  In the garden as Jesus prayed, He knew He would be surrounded by men who hated him and wanted to kill Him.  He knew that He was about to endure physical pain and He also knew that he would go to the cross to take on our sin and judgment.  In doing so he would endure the worst spiritual pain that anyone would ever have to endure.  Despite all this what did Jesus do?  In complete reliance on the Father and the Holy Spirit He would say was "Not my will, but your will be done."
These things were written for our examples.  Are we broken before the Lord?  Have we gone through much sorrow in life?  If so, all we can do is to rely on the Lord and His goodness.  All we can do is to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  All we can do is look to the cross of Jesus Christ and the blessed hope that is in us because of what He has done.   The sufferings of David and the sufferings of Christ are powerful pictures of the suffering we will have to endure in life.  1 Peter 2:21-23 tells us how Christ is our example in suffering. Jesus will never take you through anywhere He hasn't been there Himself. He is our good shepherd no matter what we endure; He endured it for us first.   Have hope in this, He will get you through whatever trial you are going through.

"One last verse for encouragement:
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalms 73:25-26

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