Christ’s Salvation For God
Having fulfilled his work of redemption, Christ declares his victory at the cross to his disciples who will proclaim it to the nations.
I will proclaim your name to my kinsmen; right there in the assembly; I will praise you: “You who fear Adonai (Lord), praise him! All descendants of Ya‘akov (Jacob) glorify him! All descendants of Israel, stand in awe of him! For he has not despised or abhorred the poverty of the poor; he did not hide his face from him but listened to his cry.” (Psalm 22:23-25 CJB)
There is a major shift at this point from a plea for deliverance to an affirmation of praise to God for his faithfulness. These verses imply a future resurrection of Christ in which he would announce his triumph over sin and death.
From Hebrews 2:12, it is clear that Christ proclaimed, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers.” This verse is quoted in Hebrews 2:12 as referring to Christ. It tells us that Jesus is the speaker and will continue to be throughout the rest of this psalm.
In the midst of the congregation, I will sing your praise is a prophecy concerning Jesus’ appearance in the upper room to his disciples, later to five hundred at once, and ultimately to those in heaven (1 Cor. 15:5-7).
All descendants of Jacob are a reference to Jewish converts after his resurrection, beginning with Pentecost. Certainly, the gospel was proclaimed to the Jews first (Rom. 1:16) as the first church was planted in Jerusalem, the holy city. Jesus understood this as he sent his disciples out to the “lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 10:5-6).
Before any other nation, Israel was chosen by God to glorify him. At this point Jesus pleaded for all descendants of Israel, to stand in awe of him!
Christ wanted the people to know that, although they despised him, God had not despised or abhorred the poverty of the poor. God did not hide his face from him. God had approved of the sacrifice Jesus offered to the Father for the reconciliation of his people.
Because of you, I give praise in the great assembly; I will fulfill my vows in the sight of those who fear him. (Psalm 22: 25 CJB)
God is the object of Messiah’s praise: “Because of you I give praise in the great assembly…” In His distress, Christ had vowed to praise the Lord publicly, and now He will fulfill those vows in the sight of those who fear him.
The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek Adonai will praise him; your hearts will enjoy life forever. (Psalm 22:26 CJB)
In the last six verses of the Psalm, there is a change of speaker. Now the Holy Spirit speaks, describing the ideal conditions that will prevail during the peace and prosperity of the Millennium.
Poverty will then be banished; the poor will eat and be satisfied.
The earth will be full of God’s praise. Those who seek Adonai will praise him. On all these worshipers the Spirit pronounces the blessing, “Your hearts will enjoy life forever!”
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to Adonai; all the clans of the nations will worship in your presence. (Psalm 22:27 CJB)
There will be a worldwide revival. All the ends of the earth will remember what Christ did at Calvary and turn to Adonai; all the clans of the nations will unite in one great act of homage and worship.
For the kingdom belong to Adonai, and he rules the nations. All who prosper on the earth will eat and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him, including him who can’t keep himself alive. (Psalm 22:28-29 CJB)
The Lord Himself will exercise global dominion. The throne rights are His, and He rules the nations. All the great men of the earth will submit to His rule, and every mortal man will kneel before him – all who go down to the dust and who can’t keep himself alive.
A descendant will serve him; the next generation will be told of Adonai. They will come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he is the one who did it. (Psalm 22:30-31 CJB)
Christ’s fame will endure. One generation after another will serve Him and proclaim His righteousness. A special message will be passed down from one generation to the next: that Christ has righteously finished the great work of redemption.
Psalm 22 begins with the fourth word from the cross – the atonement cry. It ends with the words “He is the one who did it,” which have the same meaning as Christ’s seventh word from the cross: “It is finished!” (John 19:30) Down through the centuries of time, the good news will be passed from one generation to another with grateful wonder that Christ has done it all.
May all hearts everywhere melt in humble adoration of the great sacrifice made by God’s sinless Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who became sin for us? May such love, “so amazing, so divine,” control our lives and lead us to commit ourselves to him.
God, we are humbled as we remember the high price paid by our Lord as he acted as our substitute in suffering your wrath on our behalf. How terrible we are that the King of kings and Lord of lords was sent to die in our place. Lord Jesus, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power. For you were slain, and with your blood, you purchased men for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation. To you, God and you alone is the glory now and forever. Amen.