A Song of Praise

Psalm 22:25-31

Good News Translation (GNT)

25 In the full assembly I will praise you
    for what you have done;
    in the presence of those who worship
    you I will offer the sacrifices
    I promised.
26 The poor will eat as much
    as they want;
    those who come to the Lord
    will praise him.
    May they prosper forever!
27 All nations will remember the Lord.
    From every part of the world
    they will turn to him;
    all races will worship him.
28 The Lord is king,
    and he rules the nations.
29 All proud people will
    bow down to him;(a)
    all mortals will bow down before him.
30 Future generations will serve him;
    they will speak of the Lord
    to the coming generation.
31 People not yet born will be told:
   "The Lord saved his people."

    Psalm 22:29 Probable text
    will bow down to him;
    Hebrew will eat and bow down.

 Taken from the
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 Scripture Union

Psalm 22:23-31

 A Song of Praise

Try to imagine
'all the ends of the earth' (NIV)
worshipping God and let it
inspire your heart for the
plans and purposes of God
in the earth today.

The Old Testament prophecies of Messiah,
read properly, reveal that his purpose
is achieved through suffering.

The heart of Christian theology is that
our salvation is accomplished
through suffering,
but this is never the end of the matter.
Suffering leads to praise (vs 25,26)
and then to proclamation(vs 27).

Those who seek the Lord
will praise him' (v 26).
Then the circle moves
out to 'the nations' (v 27),
and reaches forward to
'future generations
a people yet unborn'(vs 30, 31)

The psalmist does not look for Israel
alone to hear of the greatness
of its God but for all nations
to come and worship him.
He does not limit the proclamation
of his message to one generation,
but he also looks for those
not yet born to rejoice in the
deliverance of God.

Like him, we have a message to be
proclaimed to all people and we are
now seeing people from every nation
respond to it. This is our God.

So where do you fit in this list
of those to whom the Lord speaks?
Are you amongst the poor and hungry?
Are you a proud member of one of
the "families of the nations"?
The word of God speaks to all sorts
and conditions of men.

This universality brings all men
to the place where the Lord
is to be acknowledged,
to be praised and to be worshipped.

It is not enough to see another
fulfilling his vow.
It is not enough to say God is great.
(Though both of these are worthy actions.)
You and I are called to worship
Him completely because
He rules the nations!

The poet here speaks to my time
and times yet to be.
Even as one generation goes
down to the dust,
so my generation picks up the
challenge to serve Him.

And you are the future generation.
And generations yet to be will hear
and rejoice in what the Lord has done.

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