Psalms 22:19, But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lions mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. In Psalms chapter 22 details concerning the suffering of Christ are given. This is Bible prophecy because at the time these things were written they had not happened. From the time of King David unto the time of Christ we know from the book of Matthew is 28 generations. A generation in the Bible is about 30 years. Whenever the Bible gives a prophecy the details are very specific. The reason for this is because it is not the false prophecy of man but it is the Words of God. When men give false prophecies, they tend to give very general statements about the future because they do not really know what is going to happen in the future. However, the prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Christ, such as the details concerning the suffering of Christ given here in Psalms 22 are such very specific details that there can be no doubt that Jesus is the Christ the Savior of the world.
The Bible says in James 4:8, Draw night to God and he will draw nigh to you. Remember that Psalms 22 began by saying My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? The Son of God was separated from God the Father when He hung on the cross and became sin for us. This was done so that when we cry to God, Be not thou far from me, O LORD, we can know with a full assurance of faith by grace through faith and not of works. Just as Jesus said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
Haste thee to help me. God is not a time waster. Every human being has a limited amount of time on this earth, a limited amount of opportunity. God always uses time wisely. Therefore, we know that God always does things in His timing, and His timing is perfect. That is why the believer is in the patient waiting for Christ.
When Christ died on the cross, he was delivered unto the powers that be and into the hands of sinners who wanted nothing more than to kill him. Sometimes this is also the will of God for his children. The servant is not greater than the master. Be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Save me from the lions mouth. If it is Gods will for you to be delivered into the hands of the powers of this world and into the hands of evil men, then this is what you should pray. Be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. God may deliver you from your circumstances, or then again it may be His desire for you as a Christian to die for the name of Jesus. Either way God will deliver you because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. We know that the spiritual victory is already won. But the physical victory is not going to come until the end of this Age when Christ returns and with the sword of His mouth destroys all those who oppose righteousness.
Revelation 12:7-17 says, And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of god, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
First Corinthians 7:29, But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none. The time is short, and the devil knows his time is short. Already in many countries in the world there are many believers in Jesus who suffer greatly because of their faith. But there are some countries in the world were persecution unto death has not yet been seen. Those days may be closer than we think.
Revelation 13:7, And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. Even though we should pray that God will deliver us from temptation and from evil; there may be times we are delivered unto the sword and the mouth of the lion. If this happens, we should consider the suffering of Christ and that no matter how we suffer, it will never be as much as Christ suffered. And we should also remember the promises of God that are based on His grace and not on our works. Second Timothy 2:13 says, If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Psalms 22:22-26, I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live forever.
Just as all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose; all good things come from God. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. Praise is a good thing. There are many reasons to praise God and to give thanks unto him. Of course, the greatest praise that we have to give is for Jesus suffering and dying on the cross for our sins. God is not some far-off distant being who just set the world spinning, but He is intimately involved in His creation. He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted. It says of Jesus in Hebrews 4:15, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
It is good to praise God and to give thanks in the name of Jesus Christ because if anything this strengthens our faith and allows the lost people of the world to see Gods great power and grace. What does it mean to praise God? These verses in Psalms 22:22-26 explain this by saying, glorify him; and fear him. Glory is a manifestation of the Holiness of God. Psalms 21:5 says, His glory is great in thy salvation. One of the greatest ways for us to see the glory of God is at the cross of Calvary. Here Jesus died for the sins of the world. Here Jesus defeated death and was transfigured so that many saw his glorified body. The same glory will be given unto us at the rapture because we are joint heirs with Christ.
Holiness and praise go together. It is impossible to be holy as He is holy without a proper fear of God. Fear is a reverential awe for the greatness of God, but it is also the same fear that leads a man to repent of His sins and turn to Jesus because of the judgment of God that awaits in hell. The more you fear God, the more carefully you will try to do what is right. A lack of fear of the Lord is a sign of too much pride. Proverbs says, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:. (Proverbs 9:10) Ought we not to fear God rather than man? There is a song that goes, count your blessings one by one. It is good to spend time thinking about as many things as you can that God has done, and give Him praise for them. Praising God will both glorify the name of Jesus Christ and keep your hope in the promises of the Bible renewed.
Psalms 22:27-31, All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORDs: and he is the governor among the nations. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the LORD for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
If we counted every human soul that has come into this world, then there would be many more who have rejected Christ than who have turned to Him for forgiveness of sins. One of the reasons there are so few who truly believe in Jesus Christ is because to believe one needs to hear the truth and to hear the truth someone must be sent to preach it. Romans 10:14-15 says, How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
We live in the last days in which there is a falling away. But even the last days are only a preparation by God for a time when, All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. Some countries in this world have already had their opportunity to hear the truth about Jesus Christ of Nazareth over and over and over. America is one such example. There is only one Christ, but there are many anti-christs. Jesus, who was born of the Virgin Mary some 2000 years ago, died on the cross for the sins of the world, and rose again the third day, and is the true and living God. Anyone else claiming to be Christ is a liar and an anti-Christ.
Gods plan for the redemption of this world has centered around the person of Jesus Christ suffering and dying on the cross for the sins of the world. But His plan also includes the fulfilling of His promises to Israel. During this time of the age of grace, Israel has been set aside. But the opportunity for the gentiles is coming to an end. The next great event God has planned for this world is the rapture of his children and then at the end of the 7 year tribulation all the ends of the world shall (Philippians 2:10), at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We live in the last days, also called the age of grace. Because it is the age of grace, there is a tremendous opportunity in the world for men to receive the truth. This opportunity will be more so during the 7 years of the tribulation than any other time. Because this is the purpose of the 7 year tribulation: to judge the nations and to get men to repent of their sins.
Revelation 14:6, And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. The opposition to the Will of God and to the truth of the Bible is going to come to an end. Other than the day that Christ paid the penalty for the sins of the world, this day will be the greatest day in human history. It is the will of God that nothing can stop because God is almighty and God is Holy. This is something we should look forward to and give God praise for. If you have not repented of your sins and turned to Jesus for forgiveness, you can do so today. Today is the day of salvation. Psalms 22:27, All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
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