In 2012 just prior to Easter, a minister whose teaching has blessed my husband and me sent an email with a revelation from the Word that we had never heard before about Psalms 22, 23, and 24.
He shared two specific elements hidden within these psalms:
1) These psalms are the Songs of the Lord – the Son’s very worship. We know He sings from Zephaniah 3:17:
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
His email went on to identify the three Songs of the Lord 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
2) These three Psalms together establish the full Gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection/ascension.
[At this point in the email, I grabbed my Bible and read the three Psalms in succession. It was there as plain as day. Though long aware that Psalm 22 was David’s prophetic utterance of Jesus’ crucifixion, the connection had never been made of the significance of Psalms 23 and 24 in conjunction with Psalm 22 or each other.]
Soaking in these Psalms bearing in mind these newly revealed points, Holy Spirit began to speak.
It is this full Gospel that we recall each time we celebrate Holy Week and Christ’s victory over death, hell and the grave. Annually, Lent helps us focus this remembrance. Yet there is a depth of richness here to be freshly aware of that is not merely a seasonal reminder but is to become our way of life…
These Songs of the Lord become our place of identifying with Jesus.
Jesus speaking in Revelation 2:4 told the Church in Ephesus that He was well aware of their deeds, their perseverance, and their endurance of hardships for His name, yet one thing He held against them: they had forsaken their first love – Him.
He was calling them to return by identifying with Him again in this place of the Son’s worship. This place He had poured out His very life because of His great love and eternal goal to restore whosoever would come to Him. He still calls to us today through His Word and by His Spirit.
Whether this be the year of your first identification with Jesus’ death on the cross for you, or this season adds another layer of identification to your already established life through salvation, with Him – I pray the Love of Christ draws you today, and every day of your life, to receive all of His gift of eternal Life.
During this Lenten season, Wellspring of Life will feature a brief look over the next three weeks at each of these Songs of the Lord in Psalms 22, 23 and 24.
This is a gift to be shared. I do so, in prayerful hope that your heart resounds with joy over the fullness and completeness of Jesus’ gift of salvation.
All praise to our Heavenly Father that the grave could not hold His Son!
~ Gracefully Free
P.S. After Easter, Wellspring of Life will return to Vineyard Days, made even more significant because of the Passion of Christ, our Bridegroom King.
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