Jesus and Psalm 119
As we look longer and more in depth at Psalm 119 we can see Jesus more and more clearly. Take a look with me today at how Jesus shows up in Psalm 119:
- Jesus was perfectly blameless and upright - Psalm 119:1-2 - whose way is more blameless than his? Who followed the law more perfectly than he did? He perfectly kept the law and was pleasing to the Father yet he was killed as a lawbreaker that those who were actual lawbreakers may go free as if they were perfect.
- Jesus burned with anger over the condition and use of God's house - Psalm 119:53 - Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law.
- Jesus was ensnared by the wicked - Psalm 119:61 - Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.
- Jesus was lied about - Psalm 119:69 - The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
- Jesus was perfectly faithful - Psalm 119:75 - I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
- Jesus was tortured, physically broken, and persecuted - Psalm 119:83-87 - For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes. How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me? The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law. All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me! They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.
- Jesus, as a child, instructed the teachers of the Law - Psalm 119:99-100 - I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.
- Jesus was severely afflicted - Psalm 119:107 - I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
- Jesus was pursued by the wicked and his life was plotted against - Psalm 119:110, 95 - The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts, The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.
- Jesus was steadfast to the end - Psalm 119:121 - I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
- Jesus was just and righteous - Psalm 119:121-124 - I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors. Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me. My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise. Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.
- Jesus wept over Jerusalem - Psalm 119:136 - My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
- Echoes of the garden of Gethsemane - Psalm 119:143 - Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.
- Jesus was wrongly accused, convicted, wounded, mocked, and maligned - Psalm 119:157 - Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
- Only Jesus can say Psalm 119:149 from the tomb! Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.
- Only in Jesus and through Jesus' affliction can we be delivered. Psalm 119:153-154 - Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!
- Echoes of Herod and Pilate - Psalm 119:161 - Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
We are either blessed because we're in Christ or cursed because Christ isn't in us.
Christ was both cursed and blessed for us! Jesus was everything for us that we couldn’t be for ourselves. This Psalm prepares us to come to the table by showing us Jesus taking the cup of judgment, affliction, and wrath for us.
Jesus the perfect blameless son of God takes the position of the lawbreaker, the rebel, the outcast, that we could come before God as children who are loved, forgiven, and redeemed.
This post corresponds with Pastor Jacob Atchley's August 27, 2017 sermon "Our Delightful Word" from Psalm 119.