(31 verses, 3:28 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Passion of Our Lord Jesus, According to St. David
- The suffering Lord cries out in dereliction from the cross (vv. 1-22)
- Christ praises His Father for rescuing Him from His enemies: death and hell (vv. 23-28)
- After the death and resurrection of Christ are accomplished, the worship of God will consist of eating and proclaiming the works of God (vv. 29-31).
- Our Lord Christ prays this Psalm from the cross (see Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
- The Holy Spirit inspired the Psalmist to write an astoundingly accurate picture of our Lord’s crucifixion.
- Notice the theme of trust and deliverance that runs in this Psalm. This reminds us that the promises of God are sure. This is one of the ways in which Scripture benefits us. We see God make a promise, and we see how this promise plays out in the life of God’s people. These are examples for us so that our faith in God’s promises is not baseless.
- This Psalm also proves true what St. Peter says in Acts 3:18, saying, “what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.”
- Here, we also see a prophecy about the proclamation of the Gospel going into all the world, even to a people yet unborn (v. 30-31). This Gospel is the righteousness of God, which He has accomplished for us sinners. Notice the reference to eating that accompanies the worship in v. 29. The Lutheran Confessions teach that to receive the gifts of God is the highest act of worship. This includes eating the Lord’s Supper!
- Martin Luther categorizes this Psalm with the 1st Commandment and the 1stand 2nd Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.
- Lord Jesus, Lamb of the Father’s own choosing, who offered Yourself a bloody sacrifice for our sins on the Place of Skulls, receive our thanks for Your love beyond measure. Let Your wounds be the solace of our hearts, and Your merits the ornaments of our souls in life and death, that, with Your perfected saints on high, we may forever sing Your praise. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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