Most Christians experience the “power of prayer” and are amazed by God’s grace in their daily life. Some Christians struggle to know His power personally for many years, but all Christians have access to God’s powerful love, message and presence. What the Psalms do in the New Testament is this: They make clear to the reader that God’s powerful message is related to song, as much as it is related to prayer. If a Christian doesn’t notice, learn and practice praise in song, as well as praise in prayer, a Christian can miss the whole plot of God’s power. Afterall, it’s not prayer that is powerful, it’s God! The same can be said for singing Psalms, don’t miss out on the full potential of God’s powerful word.
To sum up the Psalms, we must point out the continuing thread of prophetic promises made about Christ’s sacrifice in the Psalms. Now that’s power!
Messiah would be called King, Psalm 2:6, Zechariah 9:9 ~ Matthew 27:37 Mark 11:7-11
Messiah would be betrayed, Psalm 41:9 Zechariah 11:12-13 ~ Lk. 22:47-48 Mt. 26:14-16
Messiah would be falsely accused, Psalm 35:11 ~ Mark 14:57-58
Messiah would be hated without cause, Psalm 35:19 Psalm 69:4 ~ John 15:24-25
Messiah would be given vinegar to drink, Psalm 69:21 ~ Matthew 27:34 John 19:28-30
Messiah’s hands and feet would be pierced, Psalm 22:16 Zech. 12:10 ~ John 20:25-27
Messiah would be mocked and ridiculed, Psalm 22:7-8 ~ Luke 23:35
Soldiers would gamble for Messiah’s garments, Psalm 22:18 ~ Lk. 23:34 Mt. 27:35-36
Messiah’s bones would not be broken, Exodus 12:46. Psalm 34:20 ~ John 19:33-36
Messiah would be forsaken by God, Psalm 22:1 ~ Matthew 27:46
Messiah would pray for his enemies, Psalm 109:4 ~ Luke 23:34
Messiah would resurrect from the dead, Psalm 16:10 & 49:15, Mt. 28:2-7 Acts 2:22-32
Messiah would ascend to heaven, Psalm 24:7-10 ~ Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51
Messiah would be seated at God’s right hand, Psa. 68:18 & 110:1 ~ Mk. 16:19 Mt. 22:44
All of these promises were fulfilled in Jesus Christ just for our opportunity to be forgiven, empowered and delivered into eternity with Him. See Psalm 118:20-26. The apostle Paul quoted this referring to our place in The Spiritual Temple of Christ’s body, the church. See Ephesians 2:20-22.
Another amazing fact about the prophetic Psalms is that many of them are not generic phrases that can be understood and applied to any number of people or situations. Most of these prophecies are very specific with details that can only be applied to what Jesus actually did. Praise God for his sovereign grace and strength to perform the fulfillment of such loving acts in painful faith. God the Father is giving us a way and reason to praise Jesus for all he has done for each of us & will do! Praise Him!