Psalm 22:23a "You who fear the LORD, praise Him!"
Day 174 – Psalm 22
“You who fear the LORD, praise Him!” Psalm 22:23a
A CALL TO PRAISE GOD
The theme of “Praise” was extended and issued as a call to worship the Lord in praise.
“You who fear the LORD, praise Him!
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!
For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction
of the afflicted;
Nor has He hidden His face from Him;
But when He cried to Him, He heard.”
1. “You who fear the LORD”
a) A reference to all who had faith.
b) Faith and “fear of the Lord” is best understood as a tandem concept.
2. Immediate context
a) National significance
i) All you descendants of Jacob.
ii) All offspring of Israel.
b) Spiritual significance
i) All who are God-fearers.
ii) All who had come to faith in Jesus (Galatians 3:26-29).
3. Special reasons for Praise
a) God will never despise the afflicted (Psalm 22:24a).
b) God will never hide His face from those who trust in Him (Psalm 22:24b).
c) Every cry of faith will be heard (Psalm 22:24c).
4. Praise for answered prayers
Has God heard and answered our prayers in our hour of need? Then we must offer praise from a heart full of joy and thanksgiving!