Messiah [Heb mashiyach—to anoint or consecrate; derived from the root mashach—to rub with oil, paint, anoint] is one who has been anointed or consecrated for a special office or function. Kings, high priests, and several prophets were anointed or specially set apart to perform their office. Furniture in the Temple was anointed to set it apart for service. Even Cyrus, a pagan king of Persia, was God’s anointed deliverer of Israel (Isa 45:1).
The New Testament identified Jesus [transliteration of Heb yehowshua (Joshua)—Jehovah is Salvation or Savior] of Nazareth as the Christ [Gk christos—anointed one], specially anointed by the Holy Spirit as God’s chosen Savior and Deliverer. Christians are “anointed ones” set apart by the indwelling Holy Spirit for a specific purpose or function.
Fulfill your destiny as an anointed child of the King!
Reflection: What aspect or lesson from last week’s lesson or lecture most encouraged or challenged you? Why?
Discovering Christ in the Messianic Psalms is an incredible confirmation of the prophetic nature of the Word of God. The psalmist’s own experiences and the enthronement of the Davidic line of kings foreshadow the future events in the life, death, and eternal reign of Jesus Christ. Begin your study in prayer and worship of your Savior and Lord.
A. What do these verses tell you about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
B. What difference does this make to you personally?
4. What hope does Jesus’ ultimate victory give you in your present circumstances?
6. Why do you think it is important for us that Jesus is of the order of Melchizedek?
7. How might your personal prayer life be different if you recognized that Jesus was always praying for you?
A. List as many comparisons as you can find between the descriptions of Psalm 22 and the experience of Jesus on the cross.
Jesus’ Experience on the Cross
B. What additional insights do you gain from the additional cross references listing specific prophecies in the Psalms that were accurately fulfilled (almost 1,000 years later) by Jesus in the Optional Studies for Personal Enrichment?
9. As you contemplate Jesus’ suffering, how does it cause you to love Him more? How might it affect your celebration of His birth?
10. As you consider all the prophecies fulfilled in Jesus’ life, what confidence does this give you for your daily life?
11. What one insight or lesson do you want to remember from this week’s lesson? Note it below and on the journal page entitled “Songs for My Soul” at the back of the workbook.
Choose one verse from this week’s lesson to memorize. Write it here and meditate on it. How can you continue to treasure His WORD in your heart?
Thank you for your faithfulness in completing this study of Psalms: Songs for the Soul. Choose to return regularly to the Psalms, selecting Psalms that speak to the season you are experiencing.
Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, our Creator and Sustainer, our Judge, Savior and Sacrifice, our Redeemer, Lord and King. His first coming fulfilled over 300 specific prophecies, many of them in the Psalms. List the insights you learn from these related scriptural cross references, briefly noting the specific prophecy and the literal accurate fulfillment.
Psalm Prophecy Fulfillment
Ps 8:2 Mt 21:15–16
Ps 22:18Mt 27:35–36
Ps 35:11; 109:2–4Mt 26:59-61; 27:39–44
Ps 118:26Mt 21:9
For every single mention of Christ’s first coming, the Bible refers to His second coming eight times. If His first coming as Savior was fulfilled with 100% accuracy, just as certainly He will return as He has promised.
At first glance, the psalmist may appear to be repetitive, unorganized, and rambling, touching upon various topics in a random, illogical manner. However, Hebrew poetry is based upon rhythm and parallelism, unlike English poetry, which utilizes rhyme and meter. The Psalms are beautiful expressions to the LORD ranging from the exhilarating heights of praise and joy to the profound depths of despair and discouragement experienced by the human soul.
Ps 3:1 O LORD, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Ps 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.
Ps 1:1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Not sit in the seat of scoffers!
Ps 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
The psalmist employs numerous poetic metaphors to involve the mind, touch the imagination, and stir the heart (“the mountains skipped like rams” when God spoke at Sinai [Ps 114:4], or “the cords of death encompassed me” to describe his distress (Ps 116:3). Anthropomorphisms (anthropo—human and morphos—form, shape) use known human characteristics to describe and clarify the characteristics and activities of God (who is spirit) and others.