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Aug 13, 2013

Know Your Impact!

Psalm 22

A Psalm of pain and prophecy. Little did David know the words he was speaking would be the exact words Jesus(Son of God) would speak down his own generation.
When David is speaking this Psalm, he conjures strength from his past for his present and projects faith onto his future. What David invested toward God, during his life - his emotions, his suffering, his obedience, throwing himself at God's mercy, worked out to be a blessing for his future way beyond what he would physically be able to see.

  • Drawing hope from God's work in the past - v4 Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted (leaned on, relied on You, and were confident) and You delivered them. v5 They cried to You and were delivered; they trusted in, leaned on, and confidently relied on You, and were not ashamed or confounded or disappointed.
  • Talking God's presence into his present -vYet You are He Who took me out of the womb; You made me hope and trust when I was on my mother’s breasts.v10 I was cast upon You from my very birth; from my mother’s womb You have been my God.  
  • Prophesying to the future -v30 Posterity shall serve Him; they shall tell of the Lord to the next generation. v31 They shall come and shall declare His righteousness to a people yet to be born—that He has done it [that it is finished]!
What David went through, enabled him to completely and utterly depend on God for his dear life. He went through preparation to be king like nobody else. His life after being anointed was full of toil and hardship and a lot of running away. Yet he learned that God is more merciful than men, more powerful than men, more loving than men. Ps 20:7 Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses, but we will trust in and boast of the name of the Lord our God. Now these things that David learned he would be transferring through his generations and because of all the trouble he was going through, his descendants would be blessed.

No matter what you are going through, God has complete knowledge of it. He knows how you will fare in those circumstances and He knows how much you can handle. This being said, it does not mean that we are to settle down with our troubles but we need to realize that God must have thought us capable of handling that kind of a storm and coming out victorious. If David had quit in the midst of it all would we have all these wonderful Psalms to encourage us? David had no clue when he said "Posterity shall serve Him..." how far that impact would go! But I am sure God did. Our daily victories are building in us and through us a posterity who will remember and take courage from the works of God in our lives way beyond what we can see right now.

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