PSALM 22:3-5: “Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: Why is there power in worship and praise? Is it simply because we turn our focus away from the immediate trouble and toward the Lord? Or, does something more dynamic happen? These verses are set in context within a Messianic Psalm. This is a Psalm that reaches forth prophetically into the life of Messiah, Jesus Christ. The context of verses 3-5 is the great suffering of Jesus on the Cross.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.” (Psalm 22:1-2 ESV)
These were the words that Jesus uttered when He took upon Himself the sin of the entire world as He was crucified. The context is the height of human and divine suffering. There is nothing we will ever face that can exceed this moment. In this moment Jesus experienced true separation from the Father as He bore the full weight of mankind’s sin and punishment. It is in this context that verses 3-5 are written. Surely the power of worship and praise is much more than positive thinking.
The power of worship and praise is not found in the immediate change of our circumstances. Rather, It is found in what takes place within us when we begin to worship and praise the Lord.
There is a promise given by Jesus, and illuminated in this Psalm, regarding worship and praise. Jesus proclaimed – “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV) When we gather together to worship and praise – the Lord promises His presence. We know that He is always with us, but there is a promise of power in His presence when we gather together – “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19 ESV)
Psalm 22:3 gives us insight into what takes place. “Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” When we gather together in the name of the Lord, when we join our hearts in worship and praise, we create a throne upon our hearts for the Lord. We humble ourselves, we acknowledge His Lordship, and we invite Him to be “enthroned” – to rule and reign over our lives and circumstances. And this is what He does! The power of worship and praise is not in the “act” itself, but in the promise of the “action” of the Lord in response to our worship and praise. He promises His presence and He manifests His power. As we surrender to and affirm the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives – He Reigns!
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32 ESV)
“In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.” (Psalm 22:4-5 ESV)
Lord, this morning I choose worship and praise! I choose to worship by humbling myself under Your mighty hand. I choose to establish a throne upon my heart by and to lift up my voice in praise. Hear the cry of my heart and be enthroned upon my praises. Come and rule and reign over all the affairs and concerns of my life today. As I worship You, as I offer You praise establish Your Kingdom come, establish Your will, in me – as it is in heaven. In Jesus Name!