Chapter 21: Evil Designs Shall Fail
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
This Psalm most logically connects with the previous Psalm (20). It seems that the victory that David prayed for and trusted in has been realized, and now David thanked God for the victory given.
“The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord…” (Psalms 21:1)
King David had many reasons to take joy in the strength of God. Perhaps this joy came from preservation and success in battle or some other deliverance.
“…thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee…the Lord shall swallow them up in his wrath…” (Psalms 21:8-9)
With the Lord, David will be able to triumph over his enemies, because their evil designs shall fail and the Lord will find them and destroy them.
Chapter 22: The Future Events of Christ
To the chief Musician upon Aijerth Shanar, A Psalm of David.
“Aijerth Shanar- Set to “The Deer of the Dawn. We can say that this is a Psalm sung to the Greatest Musician, to an unknown tune, but by the Sweet Psalmist of Israel.”
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me…” (Psalms 22:1)
David, as a man who knows and trusts God is forsaken, and cries out to God in agony. The question here, in David’s words were similar to that of Jesus’s words on the cross. What Jesus endured on the cross was so complex, so dark, and so agonizing that it was, at the moment, beyond His ability to figure out. He cried out to His Father… “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Sometimes, even the greatest of men, even the most knowledgable and faith filled men can sometimes feel like God has forsaken them! David knew of God, and knew that the Lord would never forsake him, still felt like the Lord was hiding. Even Jesus, in his last moments felt like His father had abandoned Him. Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed with life, and I personally believe it is ok to call out to God and ask Him where He is! I think this helps to build a stronger relationship with your Father in Heaven.
In this chapter David mentions a prophecy that came to pass; “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” (Psalms 22:18)
This was a prophecy that was fulfilled when the Roman soldiers cast lots of the coat of Jesus… “And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots…” (Matthew 27:35)
David reminds us that in the end; “…the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord…” (Psalms 22:27)
We can learn from this, that even though we sometimes feel alone, we are not. The greatest prophets and the savior himself felt abandoned at one point. Why does God do this? For our own good, so we can learn.