The Power of Praise – Psalm 22:25-26

Psalm 22:25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever!

At first glance, Psalm 22 is one of those very depressing Psalms of David. He starts out with “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” Then he goes into a very colorful litany of all the things that are going wrong in his life. He even describes his enemies as if he is “surrounded by young bulls”. Most of us have a hard time listening to what sounds like a pity party. We throw enough of those on our own.

But there are two good thoughts about Psalm 22. The first thought is that this is one of the messianic psalms. It shows of a glimpse of the suffering savior over a thousand years before Christ would be crucified. The words, “My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” echo from the cross when Jesus said, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Matthew 27:46). This look at the suffering savior shows us some of the emotions that Jesus must have fought from the cross. It is hard to focus on God when you are suffering and tormented.

The second thought is one of promise. Psalm 22:22 says, “I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you.” It goes on to talk about how God is faithful and is not gone. Even in our darkest hour God is not far away. He will rescue and make things better. He even goes on to talk about better days of prosperity coming. The poor will eat and be satisfied. The rich will feast. All will praise God.

But this rescue does not come until David turns his eyes from the problems and persecution to praise and worship of God. His daily theme turns from gripping and grumbling to a theme of praise. This pity party he is throwing for himself turned into a Praise and Worship service to God for all of Israel to attend.

We need to realize that there is power in praise. It is the power to turn darkness into light. It is the power to turn an negative situation into victory. It is the power of God revealed in the praise of his people.

I struggle in the darkness of my own making at times. It is easy to have a pity party. It is simple to sit in the darkness and nurse your wounds. It takes a little effort to praise God in the storm.

For those of us that are struggling with our weight it is easy to get into a vicious cycle of defeat and depression. We blow it, get depressed, and then we eat more to comfort ourselves. And we get more depressed. It is easy to give up or sit and wallow in our own self-pity. The only real way out is to praise God. Then his strength will flow.

This is what is meant by “the sacrifice of praise”. Give God the glory before the blessing. Give him the praise before the victory. Give him the gratitude without the bad attitude. Anyone can have a party when the victory is done. Let’s celebrate the goodness of God today.

Dear God, I want to thank you for the who you are. I lift up my praise and adoration. I declare a feast to you even why the enemy surrounds the gates. For you are my God, you are my peace, my comfort, my rock, my fortress, my salvation. What more do I need? Thank you for loving me and where ever this journey leads I simply want to say “Amen”; Let it be. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

“Praise You In This Storm”
sung by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus x2]

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