This passage is known as a “messianic Psalm,” meaning it speaks about the coming Messiah. Read it and see what parts seem to speak of Jesus.
Jesus quoted this Psalm three times: first, when He entered Jerusalem in Mark 11:9. Next, when speaking of how He would be rejected, He quoted verses 22-23 (Mark 12:10-11). And last, He referred to verse 27 when He said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world.” This last reference is particularly potent, because verse 27 talks about binding the festal sacrifice to the horns of the altar. This is a reference to Jesus as the Lamb of God, and it is also the most striking image we have of God’s deliverance and steadfast love— the sacrifice of His Son.
This is a psalm of thanksgiving for the steadfast love of God that delivers us from trouble and keeps us in His care. Toward the beginning, the Psalm seems to have a particular occasion of deliverance in mind, the specifics of which are lost to history. But then the Psalm does what so many of these poems do— it moves from a specific situation to the unchanging, unfailing nature of God. This technique invites us, as the readers, to consider our own particular stories as we look at how the unchanging character of God has met us.
Consider your own personal experiences with God’s steadfast love and deliverance. Read the Psalm and see what the Holy Spirit calls to mind. From what have you been delivered? Where have you seen the steadfast love of the Lord present in your life?
The Lord has given us the light of His Son to shine upon our darkness. May we give thanks that our hope is anchored in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His faithful love endures forever” (vs. 29).
written by Britton Sharp