~ the responsive soliloquy of those saved by grace ~
In brief, the Songs of the Lord are identified as follows –
– Psalm 22 is Jesus’ death song
– Psalm 23 is Jesus Christ’s burial song
– Psalm 24 is the Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection / ascension song
These three Psalms together establish
the full Gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection/ascension.
The introduction and trilogy were penned as my proclamation of the sacrifice, power, and majesty of “this King of glory”. From the cross, to the grave that could not hold Him, to the eternal Crown of Life – The Songs of the Lord are comprised of worship from the depths of a redeemed heart.
One morning a few years later, I was re-reading Psalms 22, 23 and 24. This time I continued reading on through Psalm 25, then Psalm 26, and with growing excitement, Psalm 27. As I read, I came to see this trio of psalms in a new light. More revelation of Jesus Christ – and our life in Him – was being unveiled.
Like Psalms 22, 23, and 24, these three psalms (25, 26 and 27) were prophetically penned by David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. That morning, my spiritual ears heard David’s whole-heart response to the Anointed One’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Followed by the realization that David, who was both prophet and king, had recorded not only his response but the new songs of praise to be found in the mouths of the redeemed: the songs of the Lord’s child.
Waves of emotion and attention moved me as I was delivered a present word fresh from the Cross.
Grabbing my pen, I titled in my Bible this next trio as they were identified to me in those moments:
– Psalm 25 – our salvation song in response to Jesus’ death song
– Psalm 26 – our redemption song in response to Jesus Christ’s burial song
– Psalm 27 – our deliverance song in response to Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection/ascension song
Over the past four or five years, I have lingered long in each one. Sometimes just a portion, at other times the whole of the psalm as I moved back and forth between the corresponding Song of the Lord psalm. Long periods of letting it rest interspersed the past several years. As 2021 closed, I was drawn once again to these six psalms, stirred to write about these songs of the Lord’s child.
Impressed that Easter season 2022 was the time for release, I determined I would record for posterity the Word as unveiled to me. I knew it had been quite a few years since I had written The Songs of the Lord. Prone to wonder at times, I did, and went back to the posts on Wellspring of Life to check the date. Spring of 2015. Seven years. Responsiveness equated to right on time.
As before in The Songs of the Lord, each psalm of this trio will be released over the next three weeks, culminating on Good Friday.
There is such a lot to ponder of the life and truth, instruction, and proclamation in each of these psalms. The blood of Jesus has never lost its redeeming power. Life is in the blood. The effectual working of Christ’s salvation – through His life-blood sacrifice for all – continues powerful and strong in our present day. He is the Gift that keeps on giving until the age of grace finds God’s family finally complete.
But there is more –
While the Songs of the Lord establish the full Gospel of Who Christ is and what His redeeming love has accomplished for the world,
Psalms 25, 26 and 27 capture the living reality of the full gift of Salvation He desires to establish in us.
As we internalize, by faith, Christ’s power to save, redeem, and deliver our very life, precious Holy Spirit faithfully works the Father’s will into the warp and woof of our new life in Him. It is this that we come to demonstrate in growing measure as our “life songs” of the Lord’s child – the praise of His well-beloveds.
Till next time we meet,
~ Gracefully Free
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