The Word of God

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Psalms 19-22

This section contains outstanding psalms. Psalm 19 is divided into two parts. The first extols God’s revelation in nature. The second gives even higher praise to the greater revelation in the written Word. It describes the greatness of God’s Word and the wonderful effect it has on those who read it and apply it to their lives.

The 20th psalm talks about the day of trouble and expresses the desire that God may answer prayer in such a day. “May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfil all your plans!” (v. 4). The important thing is that we desire the right things and that our plans are of such a nature that they are worthy of being fulfilled. What is the greatest desire of your heart?

The 21st psalm tells of those prayers being answered, “Thou hast given him his heart’s desire” (v. 2). How wonderful to want the right things and to receive them. Then “We will sing and praise thy power” (v. 13).

In amazing detail, Psalm 22 describes the crucifixion of Christ. He Himself drew our attention to it when, being crucified, He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (v. 1). Other references to His crucifixion are, “All who seek me mock at me” (v. 7) “My strength is dried up” (v. 15) and “They have pierced my hands and feet” (v. 16).

PRAYERFather, we praise You that Your Word tells us of Your Son Christ and of His crucifixion. In His name. Amen.