Psalm 22:3-5 – “A Prophetic Portrait of the Agonies of the Cross” (part 2)

Journey to the CrossIn spite of His sufferings on the cross, Psalm 22:3-5 prophetically declares Christ’s unshaken confidence in His Heavenly Father’s character and providences.

Psalm 22:3-5 – “But thou [God the Father] art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5  They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.”

The psalmist declares in verse 3 that God is both holy and worthy of the praise and worship of His people.

Psalm 22:3 – “But thou art holy [completely pure and clean], O thou that inhabitest [dwells; sits; abides] the praises of Israel.”

Though His cries from the cross went unanswered, the Son of God’s confidence in the righteous and just nature of His Father never wavered.  While heaven was silent (22:2) to His cry, the Son of God reflected on God’s faithfulness to His people in the past and His worthiness to be praised and worshipped.3 crosses

Psalm 22:4-5 – “Our fathers [chiefs; families] trusted [confident; secure; relied] in thee: they trusted [confident; secure; relied], and thou didst deliver [save; secured] them. 5 They cried [assembled and called out] unto thee, and were delivered [preserved]: they trusted [confident; secure; relied] in thee, and were not confounded [ashamed; disappointed].”

My friend, God hears and answers prayers; however, sometimes His answer to prayer is “Wait”.  When heaven seems silent, reflect on God’s faithfulness and sovereign care of His people in the past and know He is worthy of both our faith and praise.

Copyright 2016 – Travis D. Smith