April 23, 2018
Psalms 22-Part 2
The meek shall eat and be satisfied. Psalms 22:26a
LET IT GLOW
Nowadays, we pay people to serve us. Think about it-the waitress brings our food and keeps our glass full, the motel lady cleans and straightens up our room, keeping our towels supplied, the mechanic services our car, keeping it running smoothly and the tires in top shape. Yet, when we have an opportunity to serve people, do we? Do we serve others without being paid to do it? Jesus serves us salvation by the price He paid with His life. Are we willing to serve Him by giving of our life?
Psalms 22, 23, and 24 present Christ as the Shepherd, with each emphasizing a different aspect. In the 22nd , He is the Good Shepherd dying for the sheep. In the 23rd, He is the Great Shepherd caring for the sheep. In the 24th, He is the Chief Shepherd coming for the sheep. In other words, Christ died for us, lives for us, and will come for us. (Wiersbe)
Since the Jews knew nothing of crucifixion in David's time, we can conclude that the description of Christ's death on the cross was inspired by the Spirit of God.
Christ felt forsaken by God His Father, but only because He could not look upon sin. Christ was bearing our sins upon Him as He hung upon the cross. He was the perfect Lamb-sacrifice as required in the Old Testament; the perfect blood-sacrifice required.
Jump down to verses 26-28 and we read about the meek.
Meek refers to gentle in the mind or circumstances; needy, especially saintly; humble; lowly, in the Hebrew language.
What is said about the meek?
- They shall eat and be satisfied. Those who are famished and who had no spiritual sustenance may now eat of the finished work of Christ until they are full. (Falwell) Eat of the bread of life, feed with an appetite upon the doctrine of Christ's mediation, which is meat and drink to the soul that knows its own nature and case. Those that hunger and thirst after righteousness in Christ shall have all they can desire to satisfy them and make them easy. (Matthew Henry)
- All who seek the Lord shall praise Him, for their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. We will be happy with Him forever. (verse 26)
- The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to Him. Families of nations will bow down before Him. Gentiles will turn to Jesus for salvation and will be included in the church. (verse 27)
- Their kingdom belongs to Jesus, for He will be their governor. Isaiah 9:6 tells us that the government shall be upon the Messiah's shoulders. He will be recognized as the King of Kings when He comes to reign upon this earth during His millennial reign.
Peter describes the wife as an ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Peter 3:4b)
So, can we conclude that a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God's sight? Being meek is not being weak, but is having self control.
It is something that I have to constantly work on, ladies.
LET IT GROW
Until the Kingdom Age, how is the message of salvation to be kept alive?
Verse 30 tells us that a seed shall serve Him. God always has a remnant. Generations will continue to come to Christ through the grace of God. The message of the cross will never grow old, nor can it.
Do we continue to kneel at the cross to find grace and mercy there? The love of Jesus knows no boundaries. It is available to the great or small, wealthy or pauper, young or old. It never grows old.
LET IT GO
Seek to have a gentle and quiet spirit.
Be a seed that serves Jesus.
Look for opportunities to serve others in Jesus' name.