Song of the Suffering Servant

Second Movement—The Joyful Feast

I will proclaim Your name to my brothers;

I will praise You in the congregation (Psalm 22 v. 22).

After the powerful lament of verses 1-21, the Lord miraculously hears and delivers. Heart-wrenching, soul-searching lament is the basis for the true praise of God.

In the Old Testament economy, this praise and worship was accomplished through prayer, sacrifice, a commemorative feast, and vows of service to God (Lev. 7:16). Joy and happiness were to be kept private. Servants, poor people, and especially Levites were to be invited to the feast (Deut. 12:17-19). The whole congregation was to celebrate what God had done for them.

The Language of Music

Song

The act or art of singing.

The word song can also designate a poetical composition or a short, musical composition of words and music. It also refers to a melody for a lyric, ballad, or poem. The psalmist says, “Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life” (Ps. 119:54).

David threw a party in the Lord’s honor. He got carried away with expressions of thanksgiving and praise (vv. 27-31). He sang a stirring canticle of blessing, and his worship found it’s ultimate focus on God’s eternal kingdom—where the poor will be fed, where nations will bow down before the Lord, and where his righteousness will be proclaimed to people yet to be born.

The secular mind looks at life and says, “Is this all there is?” The believer looks at life and sees a party to look forward to.

Personal Prayer

Lord, may I move today from lament to praise, from darkness to light, and from ordinary business to celestial celebration.

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