95: Psalms 31:14-15


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 95

The Messiah will obediently lay down His life and fully commit Himself to God—in the midst of His enemies.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 31:14-15 “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Matthew 27:43 “He trusted in God…

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.

Philippians 2:7-8 “…but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross…”

Application:

Four prophecies from Psalm 31 are written for the Messiah: Prophecy 92, Prophecy 93, Prophecy 94 and Prophecy 95.

As Jesus spoke the words of Psalm 31:5, (Prophecy 92): Into your hands I commit my spirit, this was our first indication that this 31st Psalm was written for the Messiah. Continuing with Psalm 31:11, (Prophecy 93): I am a reproach among my enemiesThose who see me… flee from me, and Psalm 31:13 (Prophecy 94): For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side, and finally (This prophecy, Prophecy 95), from Psalms 31:14-15, But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God..

David certainly could have written the words to these four prophecies as a reflection of his time in the wilderness of Ziph when he fled from Saul, as described in 1 Samuel chapter 23. These words have also been spoken by many a faithful follower of Jesus over the past two thousand years in moments of deep despair and distress.

With these things in mind, it is also significant that the Bible describes the primary objective of all scripture: to reveal Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus said that all of the scriptures of the old and new Testaments were written for Him.

John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”

When John was transported to heaven, he saw to a vision of the last days—to a time when all the events of the Book of Revelation would be fulfilled. In his exuberance at beholding the heavenly realm, John falls before an angel in worship. This angel corrected John and directed his worship to God, while informing him of something profound: all of the prophecies of the Bible are intended as signs pointing us to Jesus..

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Considering these facts of scripture, it is certain that the text from Psalm 31 was also written for Jesus. Psalm 31 is fully supported as Messianic by the Midrash, and the Peshita, Page 149, as a prophecy of the coming Messiah.[1]

The Pharisees and the chief priests gathered with Caiaphas to plan how they would put Jesus to death. Not because He taught incorrectly or called the people to worship a strange God, but because He claimed to be the Messiah. These evil men were more concerned about the loss of their positions of authority, their power, and wealth, than whether the Messiah had truly arrived in Jerusalem in fulfillment of God’s promise.

There are 106 Psalms which contain prophecies written for Jesus in this book, many of which were spoken by Him from the cross. The true intention of David’s words as he wrote during his own moments of suffering, are communicated by Jesus while He suffered for us. The fulfillment of these poetic verses originated in the mind of God and were written by David for his future Seed, the Messiah. It was for Jesus and His life that He would sacrifice for us, that these many prophecies are intended.

Jesus fully committed Himself to the will of the Father. Though He was God, He was also a man with all of the normal difficulties and temptations that all men experience. Despite His massive trials, Jesus did not waiver from the course which was determined for Him. He never lost sight of His true intended purpose during the three and one half years of His ministry: to go to the cross and purchase our redemption.

Hebrews 12:2-3 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame… (And) endured such hostility from sinners against Himself...

As Abraham looked towards the mountain where He would offer his only son Isaac, Jesus also looked ahead to the same mountain where He would offer up His own life for us. Though Jesus despised the shame of the cross, the insults that were hurled at Him, the false accusations and plans made by evil men—to put Him to death, He did not deviate from the prophetic course chosen for Him by the Father. Jesus trusted in the goodness of God to remove the sins of all people—by His sacrifice and make eternal life a reality for all those who would believe in Him. God chose Jesus death on the cross as the only acceptable method by which He would remove all sins and grant eternal life. Jesus validated His authority to forgive our sins and guarantee us eternal life—when He raised Himself from the dead.

By the richness of the Psalms, written by David, we see the great foresight and purpose of God in sending His Son into the world for our salvation. What none of us could possibly imagine, is the intense suffering that Jesus felt when He took upon Himself all of our sins and experienced the wrath of God in judgement for those sins. Jesus was wiling to do all of these things so that none of us would ever bear any judgement or wrath ourselves.

It was perhaps the idea of God that when we read the poetry of David’s words, while in our own deep despair, we might remember the cross where our Lord gave everything for us—so that we might live.


NOTES:

[1] Alfred Edersheim, “The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah.

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