22 I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. 25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him. 26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. 30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; 31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.” (Psalm 22:22–31 (ESV)
David’s despair contained in vs.1-21 gives way to heartfelt praise and worship in vs, 22-31. The reason for such optimistic praise and gladness is fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is a work to which David look forward. Today, it is a finished work of which the church today looks upon and remembers.
The praise of God’s people are given to the LORD in fearful respect of the LORD. God’s people stand in awe of Him and glorify Him (vs. 22-23).
The LORD has not ignored, despised or abhorred the affliction of sinners. He has heard the sinner’s lament (vs. 24).
Consequently, the converted shall be satisfied in their covenant relationship with the LORD. They shall praise Him forever (vs. 25-26). In fact, all kinds of people from all over the world and of every nations will worship Him (vs. 27).
For the LORD is King of kings and LORD of lords. Everyone will bow before Him; even the lost and condemned (vs. 28-29).
It is the LORD who alone is righteous. All who He chooses to serve Him receive His imputed righteousness. It is because of the work He alone has done that this is possible. It is this good news which is to be proclaimed to those yet born (vs. 30-31).
David cannot contain himself; he must testify loudly in the great assembly of God’s great mercies. His exuberance is meant to be contagious (cf. Heb. 2:12). King David speaks of the greater King who is none other than Jesus Christ.
During this Advent 2021 season, may each of us praise and thank the LORD for sending His Son to take our place on the cross and to endure the curse from God for our sin (Romans 3:21-26). It is a work of God alone that is worth celebrating.
Soli deo Gloria!