Psalm 22:3 Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel. 4 In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them.
Psalm 22 is an amazing prophecy fulfilled through Christ. David was a prophet (Acts 2:30) who prophesied approximately 1000 years before Christ the thoughts and words of our Lord. Christ’s anguish was real and genuine. He became a man to identify with us completely and to be a sacrifice for us – the innocent for the guilty.
Do we really see Him as one of us? Or do we think Jesus was extraordinary, helped by some secret power? Not truly one of us? If we think that, it becomes particularly hard to go to Him in prayer in our times of need. How do we relate to someone who hasn’t really experienced what we have?
But Hebrews 5:7-9 says: “During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”. He experienced that same feeling we do when we pray that the heavens are like brass and no apparent answer or response comes. He cried out on the cross “my God, my God why have you forsaken me?” He asked in the Garden of Gethsemane if this cup could be taken from Him. (Verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 22)
Yet in verse 3 of this psalm the prophecy says God is enthroned upon the praises of His people. Verse 4 says they trusted Him and He delivered them. In the midst of Christ’s anguish He is acknowledging that His Father is enthroned, or in the midst of, our praises. As our fathers trusted Him and saw His deliverance so can we.
For we who believe in the 21st century we can call upon a Savior who completely experienced what we do and who knows the feeling of prayers bouncing off of heaven. Oh, our prayers penetrate and are most definitely heard but that knowledge doesn’t alleviate the sense of separation and impenetrability that we some times feel. Knowing this we can stand on the fact that God is in the midst of our praises. Praise is more than words; it is an expression of trust. I trust you to deliver me. I will praise you for it before I see it. We will see our deliverance in our response of faith expressed through praise. He will deliver.
Prayer: “Thank you Lord for your love for me. Thank you for your deliverance as I praise you for your goodness. I trust you no matter what I feel. Amen.”