Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 22:23-31 NLT
[22] Praise the LORD, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!

God does not overlook the lowly.

[24] For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help.

[25] I will praise you in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.

[26] The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the LORD will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.

[27] The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him.

[28] For royal power belongs to the LORD. He rules all the nations.

[29] Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow before him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust.

[30] Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.

[31] His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.

Refelction . . .

This Psalm is an interaction between the praise of God amoung his people and God’s care for the poor and needy. The first verses of Psalm 22:1-22 are often referred to the suffering of Jesus on the cross, and rightly so, but we don’t usually hear much about the last part of this Psalm.

If the first part is about how Jesus suffered and cried out to God, the second part is about what he would accomplish through his work on the cross. We see in the work of Jesus on the cross the forgiveness of sins so that we can declare the praise of God more authentically, so that the whole world would know the Good News and praise Him, so that the whole world would acknowledge Him and return to Him, as well as see future generations hearing all about Him.

Why has the Lord not belittled the suffering of the needy, the hunger of the poor, and our future generations? It’s because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these, the poor, those who mourn, the humble (Matthew 5:3-5).

Authentic praise of God includes concern and care for the least of these. Let’s praise God with our whole lives prclaiming Him, teaching all about Him, and caring for others in His Name!