If anyone who reads the Bible will take time to study Psalm 22, 69, 110 & 118, that person will have a real good grip on the purpose of praise that God desires for our hearts. Why? Because these four Psalms are most often quoted in the New Testament, and each one of them points to Jesus. Jesus identified with people who suffer from what seems to be a senseless purpose in pain, because he applies the words of Psalm 69:4 to himself, see John 15:25.
It was foretold of how Jesus would cleanse the temple, Psalms 69:9 says: “For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.” This prophecy was fulfilled in John 2:13-17 & Romans 15:3
It was foretold of Jesus’ thirst on the cross. Psalm 69:21 says: “They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 27:34 & John 19:28-30. “they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it”. (Matthew 27:34) “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30). Notice just before his crucifixion, he didn’t consume the gall, but just before his death hours later, he consumed the sour wine, in this way he endured the full weight of suffering for our sins, through each and every part of his sacrifice. From Gethsemene to Calvary, he carried the full weight of our sins in his mind and throughout his body, Luke 22:44.
It was foretold of what would happen to the enemies of Jesus’. Psalm 69: 22-23 says: “Let their own table before them become a snare; and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Romans 11:5-10.
It was foretold of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas and the desolation of his camp. Psalm 69:25 says: “May their camp be a desolation; let no one dwell in their tents.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Acts 1:15-20, as God insured condemnation of the enemies of Christ as a reminder to their society and to this day, by recording the empty & rotten gravesite of Judas Iscariot in his suicide. God’s judgments are never relinquished or reversed from this day forward and into eternity.
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