2 thoughts on “Christ in the Old Testament – Psalm 26

  1. Dear Brian,
    I again am looking Psalm 26 as a part of that group of 11 Psalms 22-32. My question about David would be, what was happening during his life when he wrote that Psalm? Was he still persecuted by Saul? Were His enemies still trying to kill him? Yes, he wanted to be clared. He wanted to be judged by God as upright and perfect. He is a foreshadowing of Christ, his son. One tends to think that David knew more about the coming of the Messiah than anyone realizes. He even knew more than the Prophet Moses. He may not have realized completely what he knew. But he passes it on to his son, Solomon. Solomon says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Where did he learn this? From his Father, David. He knew Moses’ law and meditate upon it. From the Law, he learned God’s wisdom. Jesus knew the law of Moses and the Prophets, as well. He knew David was his forefather. He knew that he loved justice and eschewed evil to the best of his ability. Jesus himself begged God to “take this cup from me” But when God didn’t, he submitted to God’s will. He died on the cross and took our sins upon himself. And so, according to what John the Bapist proclaimed, we are baptized in the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. The spirit comes in to dwell with us and to help us understand the law, the Prophets, the wisdom literature, the Historical accounts, and, last but greatest, or, rather, first but greatest, the Gospel. All the Prophets hint of the Messiah’s coming except Isaiah. He shouts it! Some call his work “the fifth” gospel but actually, it is the first. I wonder if the Evangelist Luke read Isaiah first. It seems that the Ethiopian Eunich did. I’m guessing that the apostole John knew it well, too. Even John’s Revelation connects handily with some parts of Isaiah, doesn’t it?
    It’s like some people have said, the Bible is a puzzle until you put Christ in as the central piece.
    We even see Christ’s victory in The Lord’s Prayer. “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. It’s all one petition. And God does deliever us. He brought us up out of Egypt, so to speak, out of the house of bondage. Because of his death and resurrection, life is ours and he gives it abuntantly and eternally. When he comes again, we will see him as he is and we will long to kiss the wounds which he suffered for us.

    • As the Psalter opens, we set our eyes on Jesus. In Psalm 1, we see the Blessed Man– the Perfect Man. In Psalm 2, we see the anointed King– the Christ. In Psalm 3, we see the Suffering Servant– the King who is opposed by His own people. Thus, in the life of David we see a picture of the Man Anointed by God, placed on the throne by God; yet, rejected by the people of God.


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