Psalm 22:19-26 [NLT]
19 O Lord, do not stay far away!
You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!
20 Save me from the sword;
spare my precious life from these dogs.
21 Snatch me from the lion’s jaws
and from the horns of these wild oxen.
22 I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.*
I will praise you among your assembled people.
23 Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
He has not turned his back on them,
but has listened to their cries for help.
25 I will praise you in the great assembly.
I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied.
All who seek the Lord will praise him.
Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy.
How do I get from v.19 “O Lord, do not stay far away!” To v.26 “All who seek the Lord will praise him.” Only God can get me there. From abandonment to astonishment. From a cry to a shout. From desperation to delight. Only God can get me there. Forgive me when I ignore You, or worst yet forgive me when I try to exploit You. Teach me to fear You, then my heart can rejoice with everlasting joy. And I will proclaim your praise.
BLESSED TO BLESS. All becomes praise in verse 22. God has not despised the affliction of the suffering one—and in light of the cross this means that God accepts Jesus’s sacrifice (verses 22–24). The delivered servant now begins a new mission—telling the good news of God’s salvation to others. Christians know that this is the mission of the resurrected Christ (Matthew 28:28–30). But the principle applies to us. Abraham was saved and blessed by God, but only so he could be a blessing to the world (Genesis 12:1–3). God never calls us in to love and change us without then sending us out to reach and serve others. We are blessed to bless.
Prayer: Lord God, you love all you have made and want all to turn to you and live. So show mercy to the many across the world who do not know you, removing any ignorance, hardness of heart, and disdain for your Gospel and so bring them home to yourself. Amen.