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Saturday/Sunday: March 15, 2019

David the Psalmist

“My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me.” (Psalm 22:14)

David wrote Psalm 22 some 1000 years before Jesus arrived on the scene. Inside this Psalm God revealed to David some tremendous insight into Jesus and His death on the cross. “At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ which means ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’” (Matthew 27:45-46).

What Jesus quoted is the first verse in Psalm 22 and in the confines of this Psalm we get a look through the eyes of Christ while on the Cross. Jesus was letting those around Him know what was really going on. Can you imagine what that moment in time would have been like for Jesus’ closest friends and family? The pain would have been brutal and overwhelming, but Jesus offers them a reprieve with this Psalm David wrote. 

Jesus fulfilled over 300 Old Testament prophecies. The odds of one person fulfilling just one prophecy is equivalent to stacking the entire state of Texas a foot deep of quarters all face up and you get one chance to pick one quarter that is face down. Now, Jesus fulfilled over 300 of them, so what does this tell us about Him?

When David wrote Psalm 22, how could he have known what he was writing or seeing? “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Lord was David’s inspiration and David’s intimacy with the Lord prompted him to write and we get to enjoy!

Question: Do you have a favorite Psalm? Why is it your favorite?

Challenge: If you start today and read Psalm 1, 31,61,91 & 121 along with Proverbs 1, and tomorrow skip every 30 Psalms and read Proverbs 2 in 30 days, you would have read through both the book of Psalms and Proverbs. Here is your challenge.

Prayer: “Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. I said to the Lord, ‘You are my Master! All the good things I have are from You’” (Psalm 16:1-2).

Brian Hommel, Chapel Leader -- Arizona Diamondbacks

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