At first, Psalm 22 seems a little odd for twenty-first century followers of Christ with its emphasis on the king. But give it an honest try and see for yourself the realities for us in this forgotten, sleepy song. Here it is:
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!
3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!
5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. 9 O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call.
These things poked me pretty hard from the Song.
1. No one is outside the view and help of the Lord. Our issue is trust. “Who do you trust?” This is the big point. “We trust…” (v. 7). Trust—FAITH--gets us started in salvation and keeps us all lifelong. Forsaking All I Trust Him.
2. The other side of the coin is debilitating, “Some trust in…” There are false objects for our trust. “Chariots and…horses” were strong symbols of strength, power, and wealth in David’s day. We have our idols, too.
3. The name of the Lord is our guarantee of help (v. 1, 5, 7). The character of Jesus Christ, displayed in creation, redemption, and our daily walk assures and reminds us of His love and plans for us.
4. There is order in creation. After God, secondary means keep the world in check and glorify God—the King (v. 9), nations—Z ion, (v. 2), speed limits, etc. See Romans 13 and Psalm 2 if you doubt it.
5. Evil will not finally triumph. The promise is “They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright” (v. 8).
5. The Psalm is inherently a prayer; God invites us to call upon heaven. Just think of it: The Lord of heaven opens the door of paradise and invites us before His throne to talk, make our requests, and for Him to wisely and in good time respond to our needs (Cf. Hebrews 4:16-18).
Will you allow this once sleepy Song to enliven your heart to worship and serve Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, today?