72:12 ) and whose protection does, in a special manner, draw their allegiance. To the chief musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A psalm of David. The suffering of the Redeemer was graciously accepted as a full satisfaction for sin. Here is Christ suffering. v22 I will tell your name to my brothers. That he should have a church in the world, and that those that were given him from eternity should, in the fulness of time, be gathered in to him. He was Adam—a mean man, and Enosh—a man of sorrows, but lo Ish—not a considerable man: for he took upon him the form of a servant, and his visage was marred more than any man’s, Isa. When we cannot rejoice in God as our song, yet let us stay ourselves upon him as our strength, and take the comfort of spiritual supports when we cannot come at spiritual delights. It comforted the Lord Jesus in his sufferings that in and through him all true believers should have everlasting consolation. That he would deliver him and save him, v. 20, v. 21. Christ is as the swift hind upon the mountains of spices (Cant. The sentence of death passed upon Adam was thus expressed: Unto dust thou shalt return. Now here we are told, (1.) 23:16 , and see Ps. Here is a complaint of the contempt and reproach of men. Christ by his ministers will declare God’s name to his brethren, as God’s mouth to them, and then by them, as the mouth of the congregation to God, will God’s name be praised. The poor in spirit shall be rich in blessings, spiritual blessings; the hungry shall be filled with good things. Verse 22. They shall be accounted to him for a generation; he will be the same to them that he was to those who went before them. A seed shall serve him; there shall be a remnant, more or less, to whom shall pertain the service of God and to whom God will give grace to serve him,—perhaps not the seed of the same persons, for grace does not run in a blood (he does not say their seed, but a seed),—perhaps but few, yet enough to preserve the entail. We have a sorrowful complaint of God's withdrawings. Man, at the best, is a worm; but he became a worm, and no man. 3:21 . And good reason there is why all the kindreds of nations should do homage to God, for (v. 28) the kingdom is the Lord’s; his, and his only, is the universal monarchy. That these his brethren should be incorporated into a congregation, a great congregation; such is the universal church, the whole family that is named from him, unto which all the children of God that were scattered abroad are collected, and in which they are united (Jn. His blessed body was lean and emaciated with labour, grief, and fasting, during the whole course of his ministry, which made him look as if he was nearly 50 years old when he was yet but 33, as we find, Jn. Stay connected That God would be with him, and not set himself at a distance from him: Be not thou far from me (v. 11), and again, v. 19. That he would help him and make haste to help him, help him to bear up under his troubles, that he might not fail nor be discouraged, that he might neither shrink from his undertaking nor sink under it. Psalm 22 - For the director of music. In these verses we have Christ suffering, and Christ praying; by which we are directed to look for crosses, and to look up to God under them. And, though he did not deliver him from death, yet he suffered him not to see corruption, but, the third day, raised him out of the dust of death, which was a greater instance of God’s favour to him than if he had helped him down from the cross; for that would have hindered his undertaking, whereas his resurrection crowned it.In singing this we should meditate on the sufferings and resurrection of Christ till we experience in our own souls the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings. 2. Our Lord Jesus was stripped, when he was crucified, that he might clothe us with the robe of his righteousness. That there is an everlasting righteousness, which Jesus Christ has brought in. New International Version Update. Never any that hoped in thee, were made ashamed of their hope; never any that sought thee, sought thee in vain. 8:57 . See Ps. He will take comfort from the experiences which the saints in former ages had of the benefit of faith and prayer (v. 4, v. 5): "Our fathers trusted in thee, cried unto thee, and thou didst deliver them; therefore thou wilt, in due time, deliver me, for never any that hoped in thee were made ashamed of their hope, never any that sought thee sought thee in vain. He prays to be delivered from the Divine wrath. Seeing we cannot keep alive our own souls, it is our wisdom, by an obedient faith, to commit our souls to Jesus Christ, who is able to save them and keep them alive for ever.V. 8:14 ), as the loving hind and the pleasant roe, to all believers (Prov. 10 For you drew me forth from the womb, made me safe at my mother’s breasts. 19:23, Jn. Who then can stand before God's anger? This must be applied to Christ. 4, ), when the devil left him for a season (Lu. (2.) And for this end ministers should be employed to publish this doctrine to the world, and they should be much his messengers and his voice that their doing it should be accounted his doing it; their word is his, and by them he declares God’s name. That then they should be admitted into communion with God and with the assemblies that serve him; They shall worship before thee, for in every place incense shall be offered to God, Mal. 2. Verses 11-21 In these verses we have Christ suffering and Christ praying, by which we are directed to look for crosses and to look up to God under them.I. There is no one passage in all the Old Testament which the Jews have so industriously corrupted as this, because it is such an eminent prediction of the death of Christ and was so exactly fulfilled.4. h Hebrews 2:12 quotes the second half of Psalm 22 (specifically, Psalm 22:22), proving clearly that the entire Psalm points to Jesus, not just the agony of the first half. This prayer of Christ, no doubt, was answered, for the Father heard him always. 66:23 . David indeed was often in trouble, and beset with enemies; but many of the particulars here specified are such as were never true of David, and therefore must be appropriated to Christ in the depth of his humiliation.1. When we want the faith of assurance we must live by a faith of adherence. The life of the sinner was forfeited, and therefore the life of the sacrifice must be the ransom for it. 5:7 ) and enabled him to go through with his work. That God would be glorified by the church that should be gathered to him, and that for this end they should be called and gathered in that they might be unto God for a name and a praise. They look and stare upon me, that is, my bones do, being distorted, and having no flesh to cover them, as Job says Job. 65:23 . Psalms 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. Men reproached him, and discouraged his confidence in God; but God had honoured him and encouraged his confidence in him. Proud member II. The complaint renewed of another grievance, and that is the contempt and reproach of men. It is God’s honour to help when all other helps and succours fail.2. Psalm 22 is a prayer of complaint that, perhaps more than any psalm, serves as a link between the Old Testament and the story of Jesus’ passion. Psalm 22 begins with the most anguished cry in human history: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” These are the words that Jesus took on His lips at the depth of His suffering on the cross. Every man’s particular time begins with this pregnant proof of God’s providence, as time, in general, began with the creation, that pregnant proof of his being. It speaks of Christ’s suffering (22:1-21) and His glory (22:22-31; see 1 Pet. When we cannot rejoice in God as our song, yet let us stay ourselves upon him as our strength; and take the comfort of spiritual supports, when we cannot have spiritual delights. "However it be, yet God is good, and he is mine; though he slay me, yet I trust in him; though he do not answer me immediately, I will continue praying and waiting; though he be silent, I will not be silent.’’2. Psalm 22 has been a favorite of mine for many years, the reason being because of its wonderful messianic thrust. That by the declaring of God’s name, by the preaching of the everlasting gospel in its plainness and purity, many should be effectually called to him and to God by him. It pleased the Lord to bruise him and put him to grief, Isa. Save Me from the lion's mouth: save Me from the mouth of the kingdom of this world: and my humility from the horns of the unicorns Psalm 21:21. 49:15 . He is here deserted by his friends: The same that began the psalm complaining, who was no other than Christ in his humiliation, ends it here triumphing, and it can be no other than Christ in his exaltation. Note, God will have a church in the world to the end of time; and, in order to that, there shall be a succession of professing Christians and gospel ministers from generation to generation. The Spirit of Christ, which was in the prophets, testifies in this psalm, as clearly and fully as any where in all the Old Testament, "the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow’’ (1 Pt. (1-10) With prayer for deliverance. The Saviour here spoke of the abject state to which he was reduced. The clamminess of his mouth, a usual symptom of approaching death: My tongue cleaveth to my jaws; this was fulfilled both in his thirst upon the cross (Jn. 5:19 ); he giveth goodly words like Naphtali, who is compared to a hind let loose, Gen. 49:21 . Now, as Christ shall have honour from that which is passing away and leaving the world (v. 29, those that go down to the dust shall bow before him, and it is good to die bowing before Christ; blessed are the dead who thus die in the Lord ), so he shall have honour from that which is rising up, and setting out, in the world, v. 30. "Lord, thou gavest me the victory then, give it me now, that I may spoil principalities and powers, and cast out the prince of this world.’’ Has God delivered us from the horns of the unicorn, that we be not tossed? All rights reserved. At the breast: "Then didst thou make me hope;’’ that is, "thou didst that for me, in providing sustenance for me and protecting me from the dangers to which I was exposed, which encourages me to hope in thee all my days.’’ The blessings of the breasts, as they crown the blessings of the womb, so they are earnests of the blessings of our whole lives; surely he that fed us then will never starve us, Job. Yours that are meek, that are satisfied in Christ, that continue to seek God; what ever becomes of your bodies, your hearts shall live for ever; the graces and comforts you have shall be perfected in everlasting life. The Saviour now speaks as risen from the dead. Note, Serious reflection is the first step, and a good step it is towards true conversion. Thus it was written, and therefore thus it behoved Christ to suffer. If this was done in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry? 5. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “… save yourself! 4. Consider these enriching treasures of truth. And, as the first words of the complaint were used by Christ himself upon the cross, so the first words of the triumph are expressly applied to him (, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. He foresees with pleasure, 1. But is must be applied to Christ: for, in the first words of this complaint, he poured out his soul before God when he was upon the cross (Mt. And if, as soon as we became capable of exercising reason, we put our confidence in God and committed ourselves and our way to him, we need not doubt but he will always remember the kindness of our youth and the love of our espousals, Jer. Observe, 1. They were our fathers, and thy people are beloved for the fathers’ sake,’’ Rom. How his body looked when it was thus stripped: I may tell all my bones, v. 17. That those who are thus called in should be brought into a very near and dear relation to him as his brethren; for he is not only not ashamed, but greatly well pleased, to call them so; not the believing Jews only, his countrymen, but those of the Gentiles also who became fellow-heirs and of the same body, Heb. (2.) 1:13 . In Latin, it is known as "Deus, Deus meus". Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 22:1-10 The Spirit of Christ, which was in the prophets, testifies in this psalm, clearly and fully, the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Those that are fat upon the earth, that live in pomp and power, shall eat and worship; even those that fare deliciously, when they have eaten and are full, shall bless the Lord their God for their plenty and prosperity. He is here dying (v. 14, v. 15), dying in pain and anguish, because he was to satisfy for sin, which brought in pain, and for which we must otherwise have lain in everlasting anguish. (2.) The very manner of Christ's death is described, though not in use among the Jews. The poor also shall receive his gospel: Those that go down to the dust, that sit in the dust (Ps. (3.) 4. Our fathers were honoured, the patriarchs in their day, first or last, appeared great in the eye of the world, Abraham, Moses, David; but Christ is a worm, and no man. The souls that are devoted to him shall be for ever happy with him: "Your heart shall live for ever. In the birth: He took us also out of the womb, else we had died there, or been stifled in the birth. Audio Commentary: Psalm 22 Psalm 22 1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Here is Christ suffering. Mankind is kept up in a succession of generations; so that there is always a generation passing away and a generation coming up. God will have a church in the world to the end of time. That he himself will go on with his undertaking and complete it. 5:6 ), that the joints of his loins were loosed and his knees smote one against another. His righteousness, and not any of their own, they shall declare to be the foundation of all their hopes, and the fountain of all their joys. "Whoever stands aloof from my sore, Lord, do not thou.’’ The nearness of trouble should quicken us to draw near to God and then we may hope that he will draw near to us. Subscribe to a study package to unlock the ESV Study Bible, the interactive Knowing the Bible study series, the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. The kingdom of grace is the Lord Christ’s, and he, as Mediator, is appointed governor among the nations, head over all things to his church. What they did with his clothes, which they took from him (v. 18): They parted my garments among them, to every soldier a part, and upon my vesture, the seamless coat, do they cast lots. (6.) In singing this psalm we must keep our thoughts fixed upon Christ, and be so affected with his sufferings as to experience the fellowship of them, and so affected with his grace as to experience the power and influence of it.To the chief musician upon Aijeleth Shahar. His bones were put out of joint that he might put the whole creation into joint again, which sin had put out of joint, and might make our broken bones to rejoice. Christ shall have the homage of many of the great ones. Free Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms in Easy English ... Tweet: Tell your friends about this website! The entail of the covenant is designed for the support of the seed of the faithful. Log In/Sign Up New International Version (NIV) ... Psalm 22:22. "Lord, save me from being overpowered by his terrors.’’ He pleads, "Thou hast formerly heard me from the horns of the unicorn,’’ that is, "saved me from him in answer to my prayer.’’ This may refer to the victory Christ had obtained over Satan and his temptations (Mt. And we continued on in that series for about six months ending at Psalm 20 at which point we turned our attention to the book of Ecclesiastes. And, as thou art infinitely pure and upright thyself, so thou delightest in the services of thy upright people: Thou inhabitest the praises of Israel; thou art pleased to manifest thy glory, and grace, and special presence with thy people, in the sanctuary, where they attend thee with their praises. Here is, (1.) 2. Having engaged to bring many sons to glory, he will perform his engagement to the utmost, and will lose none.III. Those that hunger and thirst after righteousness in Christ, shall not labour for that which satisfies not. 6:16 .II. Christ’s acknowledgment of them: They shall be accounted to him for a generation; he will be the same to them that he was to those who went before them; his kindness to his friends shall not die with them, but shall be drawn out to their heirs and successors, and instead of the fathers shall be the children, whom all shall acknowledge to be a seed that the Lord hath blessed, Isa. 2. Let those who go about to establish their own righteousness inquire, why the beloved Son of God should thus suffer, if their own doings could atone for sin? 3. High and low, rich and poor, bond and free, meet in Christ. His giving up the ghost: "Thou hast brought me to the dust of death; I am just ready to drop into the grave;’’ for nothing less would satisfy divine justice. The business of Christians, particularly in their solemn religious assemblies, is to praise and glorify God with a holy awe and reverence of his majesty, and therefore those that are here called upon to praise God are called upon to fear him. We must consider and turn. He is here insulted and surrounded by his enemies, such as were of a higher rank, who for their strength and fury, are compared to bulls, strong bulls of Bashan (v. 12), fat and fed to the full, haughty and sour; such were the chief priests and elders that persecuted Christ; and others of a lower rank, who are compared to dogs (v. 16), filthy and greedy, and unwearied in running him down. He offered up strong crying and tears to him that was able to save him, and with some fear too, Heb. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. He that was our fathers’ God must be ours, and will therefore be ours. He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. Let the tempted and distressed believer cheerfully expect a happy end of every trial. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament. Though it was offered for sinful men, the Father did not despise or abhor it for our sakes. 11:28 . That the work of our redemption by Christ is the Lord’s own doing (Ps. 22 - 31. 1:11 ); of him, no doubt, David here speaks, and not of himself, or any other man. The Spirit of Christ, which was in the prophets, testifies in this psalm, clearly and fully, the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. is the language of a heart binding up its happiness in God’s favour. Encouragement taken as to this also (v. 9, v. 10): Men despise me, but thou art he that took me out of the womb. Of the exaltation of Christ, that his undertaking should be for the glory of God (v. 22-25), for the salvation and joy of his people (v. 26-29), and for the perpetuating of his own kingdom (v. 30, v. 31). Or it may denote the fear that seized him in his agony in the garden, when he began to be sore amazed, the effect of which perhaps was (as sometimes it has been of great fear, Dan. A sad complaint of God’s withdrawings, v. 1, v. 2.1. All Rights Reserved. Those that turn to God, will make conscience of worshipping before him. (22-31). 58:2 . Being truly man, Christ felt a natural unwillingness to pass through such great sorrows, yet his zeal and love prevailed. 9:4 , Heb. The life of the sinner was forfeited, and the life of the Sacrifice must be the ransom for it. The dislocation of his bones. That it should reach far (v. 27, v. 28), that, whereas the Jews had long been the only professing people of God, now all the ends of the world should come into the church, and, the partition-wall being taken down, the Gentiles should be taken in. Though it was offered for us poor sinners, he did not despise nor abhor him that offered it for our sakes; nor did he turn his face from him that offered it, as Saul was angry with his own son because he interceded for David, whom he looked upon as his enemy. He prays, 1. It is here prophesied, (1.) The prophecies of Psalm 22 Psalm 22 is a particularly appropriate passage of the Hebrew Bible in which to commence a search for a hidden revelation of the Messiah, starting with His name Yeshua, meaning “The Lord saves”, and His title Messiah (anointed one) in the original Hebrew. Save me from the power of the dog, and from the lion’s mouth.’’ This seems to be meant of Satan, that old enemy who bruised the heel of the seed of the woman, the prince of this world, with whom he was to engage in close combat and whom he saw coming, Jn. Sign up … Christ is our elder brother, who takes care of us, and makes provision for us, and expects that our desire should be towards him and that we should be willing he should rule over us. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. And though it was no great instance of Christ’s suffering, yet it is a great instance of the fulfilling of the scripture in him. He trod the wine-press alone; for all his disciples forsook him and fled. In these verses we have,I. 1:10‑11). A seed shall serve him. There thou art always ready to receive their homage, and of the tabernacle of meeting thou hast said, This is my rest for ever.’’ This bespeaks God’s wonderful condescension to his faithful worshippers—(that, though he is attended with the praises of angels, yet he is pleased to inhabit the praises of Israel), and it may comfort us in all our complaints—that, though God seem, for a while, to turn a deaf ear to them, yet he is so well pleased with his people’s praises that he will, in due time, give them cause to change their note: Hope in God, for I shall yet praise him. High and low, rich and poor, bond and free, meet in Christ. 2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. Though thou dost not immediately come in to the relief of thy afflicted people, yet though lovest them, art true to thy covenant with them, and dost not countenance the iniquity of their persecutors, Hab. David was sometimes taunted for his confidence in God; but in the sufferings of Christ this was literally and exactly fulfilled. Being my only one, it ought to be my darling, for the eternal welfare of which I ought to be deeply concerned. 22:21,22-24). Lord, though I lose my life, let me not lose thy love. Psalms 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27:39 ); they wagged their heads, nay, and so far did their malice make them forget themselves that they used the very words (v. 43), He trusted in God; let him deliver him. [2.] This is a reversal of Ps. David and other good men have often, for direction to us, encouraged themselves with this, that God was not only the God of their fathers, as before (v. 4), but the God of their infancy, who began by times to take care of them, as soon as they had a being, and therefore, they hope, will never cast them off. 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