Christ in the Psalms (Part II)

Apr 18, 2010

by Jason Hood Ph.D.

Jason is a long-time 2pc member who teaches for the Fellows program and as Scholar-in-Residence at Christ UMC. This material also appears at the blog he shares with young adult pastor Mitchell Moore and Ruling Elder Matt Terhune,

thumbnail psalms 17th centuryContinuing on from the previous post on seeing Jesus in the Psalms and as the one singing the Psalms:

We see Jesus as the suffering servant of God who laments his fate.  He is persecuted, condemned, and killed unjustly (Psalm 22, 69) in order to wipe away sin (Psalm 51).  He is rejected by Israel, abandoned by his followers, and betrayed by his friend, Judas (Psalm 41:9, cited in John 13:18; Psalm 109:8 cited in Acts 1).

We see Jesus raised from the dead, (Psalm 16:9-10, cited in Acts 2), a rejected stone chosen by God for the foundation of his family (Psalm 118).  This risen one is the victorious Son of David who rules over the nations, establishes justice, and extends mercy to those who do not deserve it. He will execute judgment over all nations (Psalm 2; 45; 110).  In the exaltation and enthronement of David’s son, all the nations will learn to praise the one true God (Psalm 18:49; Romans 15:7).  Jesus also proves himself to be the True Human, the Second and Better Adam who fulfills our original destiny by restoring humanity to rule with God over all things (Psalm 8).

As Bruce Waltke sums it up, “The Psalms are ultimately the prayers of Jesus Christ, Son of God.  He alone is worthy to pray the ideal vision of a king suffering for righteousness and emerging victorious over the hosts of evil.” But Waltke goes on to note that “Christians, as sons of God, can rightly pray these prayers along with their representative Head.”  Seeing Christ in the Psalms means that we can also see ourselves, as those who are recipients of his redeeming work and as those who follow Christ, being changed even now into his likeness by the work of his Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:16-18).

While Jesus alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, Paul says that we ourselves are like “sheep to be slaughtered” (Psalm 44:22 in Romans 8:38), and that we must “suffer with him” (Romans 8:17).

To Be Continued


Read Christ in the Psalms, Part I