A Psalm for Living
The twenty-second Psalm opens with the oft-repeated words: “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” – a prophetic description of the dreadful suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. In verse fourteen the psalmist prophesies:
“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels . . . they pierce my hands and feet . . . they part my garments among them and cast lots upon my vesture.”
A careful study of this portion reveals an incredibly accurate description of the shame, agony, suffering and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus, when He, by His vicarious death, purchased atonement for us.
In startling contrast, the twenty-fourth Psalm sings of victory and triumph. Our inner man is stirred by the Psalmist’s cry:
“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of Glory.”
Observe two typological truths in this magnificent Psalm: first, the gate (vs. 7 and 9) which speaks of the mind. The human mind is the intellectual gateway to the heart and soul. Second, the door, the everlasting door, representing the heart; for Jesus said “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him, and he with me.”
The heart is thus God’s gateway into the human spirit and the deepest recesses of man’s being.
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|Date||January 11, 2016|