Monday, September 18, 2023


Today’s Reading: Psalms 21-22

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The Church of Annunciation in Nazareth is spectacular, and when the light enters through the stained glass, the beauty of man’s expression through sculpting can be seen. Moses had the sculpture of a serpent placed on a pole foreshadowing the fact that Jesus took our sins and sicknesses upon Himself on the Cross (Numbers 21:7-9, also John 3:14,15). Today’s reading, which clearly details the crucifixion of Jesus, was written hundreds of years before the Romans had even devised this specific means of excruciating death.

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Key Verses: Psalm 22:16b-17

They pierced My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me…


In today’s reading, Psalm 21 communicates the joy we experience in the knowledge of God’s strength. When the Apostle Paul was struggling, God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect (complete) in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9a). In Psalm 22 we learn that the Saviour took our weaknesses on Himself so that He may make us strong.

Jesus quoted from Psalm 22 as He suffered on the Cross. He cried out the words given to David as a prophecy of the suffering Messiah, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46 “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”). Jesus, in His humanity, asked, “Why?” We are learning the answer to His question as we read God’s Word daily. There are many other references in Psalm 22 to death by crucifixion. Crucifixion was unknown for hundreds of years after David’s time, yet he wrote, “They pierced My hands and feet” (Psalm 22:16b). We read in that Psalm at least eight statements which refer to the words and events spoken and experienced by Jesus on the Cross. A number of New Testament readings illustrate the truth of David’s prophecy. Here’s just one reading for us (John 19:20-24). Compare that with Psalm 22:18, “They divide My garments among them and for My clothing they cast lots.”


Lord God, You revealed the sufferings of the Messiah King to the shepherd king in advance. I pray that You will reveal to me in a new way the historical fact of the crucifixion of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. I humbly bow at the foot of Jesus’ Cross. Lord Jesus, You did this because of Your love for me and for all people throughout all time. I give my life to You as the best way I can express my love to You. As David sang, “A posterity shall serve Him” (22:30), and his last words in Psalm 22, “They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.” Lord Jesus, here I am. Please help me to declare this fact to everyone who will read and listen. Amen!!!


I’m overwhelmed just now as I think of the dozens of places in the Hebrew Scriptures where the sufferings of Jesus are foretold. No one else who ever lived could step into the fulfilment of these prophecies. The first one was written by Moses in Genesis 3:15, where the “Seed of the woman” would be bruised. Throughout all of Holy Scripture, the seed was, without exception, from a man. Isaiah, of the tribe of Judah, wrote hundreds of years before Jesus was born of the virgin, “Therefore, the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”

Yours for declaring that “He has done this!”,


P.S. I came across a beautiful rendition of the hymn that begins, “Alas, and did my Saviour bleed and did my Sovereign die…” by Isaac Watts. We don’t know David’s melody for “The Deer of the Dawn” to which Psalm 22 was originally sung. Click here for the Sharon Singers and this unique rendition of “At The Cross” with a different melody. Be blessed; meditate on Jesus’ sufferings on our behalf, and share the blessings.

7 thoughts on “Monday, September 18, 2023

  1. I believe the OT contains over 300 (?) prophecies that could refer only to Jesus.It’s like seeing the forest but not the trees until you ‘study’ and get to know that forest.May God bless
    Three Rusty Nails

    The Lord never wore silver or gold,
    His riches were of wealth untold,
    But He shunned the glitter sold,
    Only to help the poor and the old.

    If you follow,there’s wealth in His ways
    And in His words is found great strength,
    Where this wealth for some dismays,
    For it will stretch to any length.

    There are many who will remain lost,
    For they are fixed on earthly treasure
    And care not who pays the cost
    To fill more than their fair measure.

    Of your riches,what would Jesus ask ?
    Can the starving eat your ear rings?
    Can you take on His ancient task
    To share the harvest salvation brings?

    His only jewellery,a thorny crown,
    Matched only by three rusty nails,
    Showed a King who was put down
    But arose to glory that never fails.
    G W Marshall / 06-Oct-13

  2. There is certainly a lot of truth in your words today
    If we could all put away the monies we waste on trivial things and sow it, the world would be a better place for it and our harvests would be bountiful

    Thinking if you Doreen, moving day must be coming soon. God bless you and keep you safe and healthy

    • Thank you HRH. It is Friday (& today I have a dentist appointment)!! It is mind boggling to move & downsize quickly. I appreciate your prayers so much. Thank you. Blessings all. So thankful for Jesus sacrifice – it would be a very, very, difficult life without Him. He knows everything about us and He will never leave us alone. Thank You Lord.

  3. Thank you for the poem, William and thanks be to Jesus for His suffering on our behalf.

    I could use your prayers. I am feeling a bit “down” and overwhelmed with certain things I am dealing with. I need wisdom and God’s peace.

    Thank you.

  4. Remembering in prayer everyone on this blog and
    praying that our Lord God would provide all their needs,
    in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
    To God be the Glory forever, Amen.

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