“The Song of the Willing
Sacrifice” Psalm 22
Psalm 22 is David’s inspired prophecy of the
cross of Jesus Christ hundreds of years before
crucifixion was invented!
I. Cry of Abandonment
(vv.1-2, 9-10, 19-22ff)
• As He absorbs in Himself the sins of the world,
He bears our curse, &, as a result, our
separation from God wrought by sin.
• It’s the fact of His God-forsakenness & that
God was the source of the suffering that
brought our Lord His deepest pain.
II. Cry of Aloneness (vv.6-8)
This speaks to the emotional suffering Christ
endured from those who watched the events of
A. Their Appearance
From God’s perspective, those who mock &
abuse the Sufferer are not men at all, but wild
•“strong bulls” (v.12)
•“roaring lions” (v.13)
B. Their Actions
"It seemed to say, this garment is more valuable
than its owner... how cheaply Christ was held!"
C. Their Attitude
• Once again David uses graphic words to display
this hateful attitude—“scorned,” “despised”
(v.6), “gape” (v.13), “gaze” (v.17).
• It simultaneously shows grace at its fullest &
purest because it was for that very crowd that
the willing Sacrifice was suffering alone—
abandoned by the Father, & rejected by the
III. Cry of Anguish (vv.11-18)
• David turns his attention to the physical
suffering that was the Cross of Jesus Christ.
• Four key phrases turn our minds to the horrible
nature of the anguish of the cross:
“Poured out like water”
“Bones out of joint”
“Heart turned to wax”
“Pierced my hands and feet”
IV. Cry of Acceptance (vv.2231)
• The amazing thing about all these levels of
anguish is that they could not have happened
had He Himself, the Willing Sacrifice, not
• He accepted the sufferings that we deserved,
that He might bring to Himself, & to the
Father, a redeemed people from all the
nations—cleansed, forgiven, & glorified
This “Song of the Gentle Shepherd” stands as
the centerpiece of a trilogy of psalms on the role
•Psalm 22- Christ’s role as Savior, picturing His
death on the Cross
•Psalm 23- Christ’s role as Shepherd, picturing
His care for His flock
•Psalm 24- Christ’s role as Sovereign, picturing
His millennial reign on the throne of His father,
Some see in this psalm two great metaphors...
•The Lord as Shepherd (vv.1-4)
•The Lord as Host (vv.5-6)
I. His Full Provision (vv.1-3)
• In the ancient world, the shepherd lived with
the flock and was everything to it- guide,
physician, protector, provider.
• It also shows a sense of mutual possession
and identification, for I am His sheep, but
He is my Shepherd. It exposes a two-way
A. “Green Pastures”
Grassy meadows, for as a good shepherd, He
seeks to provide for and meet the needs of His
B. “Quiet Waters”
Sheep are frightened by turbulent or stagnant
water, but can draw rest from the still, quiet
waters of the resting place.
C. “Spiritual Restoration”
A couple of possible thoughts:
•A straying sheep brought back
•The personal renewal of a man’s heart and life
D. “Paths of Righteousness”
The paths that lead to right living, and our
conduct as a flock reflects on Him as our
II. His Full Protection (vv.45)
We are desperately inadequate to handle the
dangers of life- just like those helpless sheep.
A. Causes for Fear (v.4a)
• What do we fear?
• The valley of the shadow of death: If He can
protect us from death, He can protect us
from everything else, too!
• Evil: We can have confidence in the face of
evil- or even the Evil One- because “greater
is He that is in us than he that is in the
B. Causes for Courage (v.4b)
1) The Presence of God: The Shepherd is no
longer out in front, but has come alongside
to help, escort, comfort, care, and protect.
2) The Comfort of God: His love and care is
not only in protecting us from outward
dangers, but also from ourselves!
C. Cause for Celebration
• A Prepared Table: the picture of cool
assurance under pressure.
• Anointing Oil: refreshing and soothing, it
brought relief to the weary.
• Overflowing Cup: an overflowing supply, the
abundance of the Lord’s provision can never
III. His Full Promise (v.6)
In the OT world, to eat and drink at someone’s
table was to establish a bond of mutual loyalty
(cp. Exodus 24:8-12).
A. For Here and Now
• “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life.”
• His mercy and goodness don’t just tail after
us, they pursue us as expressions of His love!
B. For Then and There
• “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
• The care of the Gentle Shepherd is not
limited to today—it is eternal and limitless!
He is the Good Shepherd, even laying down
His life for the sheep! We can trust Him to care
for us as He has promised.
“The Song of the Sovereign
King” Psalm 24
The flavor of the psalm seems to describe the
processional to the heights of the summit of
the city. It pictures the King’s arrival to possess
the city He has conquered. In this, His glory
and majesty are declared in worship.
A. The Possessor (v.1)
• The earth and all it contains: It was placed
here for God’s glory, not for man’s
• The world and those who dwell in it: As
Creator, the King is the ultimate authority and
all are ultimately accountable to Him.
B. The Founder (v.2)
As with the earth, the seas are the Lord’s, and
He rules that as well as the dry land.
A. Entrance of the King
This speaks not only of the Shekinah glory, but
of the inherent glory that is His as He enters the
Golden Gate and assumes His rightful place on
the thrones of His father, David.
B. Celebrating the King
What an amazing picture, as the celebration goes
forth for the king who has won the victory, and
now takes His rightful place of rule!
• The key for us is this, when did that victory
• Here it is: Colossians 2:13-15