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There’s plenty more we could study in Psalm 22, and in another post I’ll give you some suggestions of how to continue your study on your own. Today we’re going to focus on reviewing what we’ve learned and thinking about how it should change the way we think and live. But first we”ll look at the last verse of the psalm.
Assignment: Pray, asking the Holy Spirit to continue teaching you and helping you to live differently because of what you have learned from your study of Psalm 22.
- Then open Blue Letter Bible up to Psalm 22:31 in the King James Version. Look at the last four words of this psalm.
“He has done this.”
Other translation say, “He has done it.”
- What has God done? Read the entire psalm with this question in mind.
He’s heard and delivered His Son, after turning away from Him while He paid for our sins! He has accomplished our salvation!
- Look at the word done with the Interlinear. Click on the phrase that he hath done this.
- Read how the word is used under “Outline of Biblical Usage.” Look especially at the definitions under the A Section (Qal) of the definitions. God has “acted with effect.” He has accomplished what He set out to do. His sinless Son was obedient to the point of death. The penalty has been paid. Salvation has been won. He has done it. It is finished, as Jesus said on the cross.
- Use your browser back arrow to return to the Interlinear for the verse. Look again at the line of information for the phrase that he hath done this. Do you see the blue box on the far right that says “Parse?”
- Click that “Parse” button. This opens up “parsing information” about the word.
- Notice the stem — Qal. This is why we looked at the Qal section of definitions under “Outline of Biblical Usage.” This has to do with the grammatical details of the Hebrew word that has been translated as done.
- Looking back at the parsing information, we are also told what the aspect of the word is. This has to do with the timing of the verb. Click on the word perfect. This expresses a completed action.
God has done it. The action is complete. “It is finished.” For this, we can praise God!
Now take out your marked copy of Psalm 22 and your notebook. It’s time to put everything together.
- Read the psalm from your marked copy, paying attention to your markings and what they represent.
- Then review your notes. Glance back over the lessons, using the links provided below. What have you learned? (This will probably take more than one study session.)
- What have you learned about trusting God while suffering?
- What have you learned from Christ’s example about suffering while it feels like God is not listening to you?
- How can history and God’s faithfulness in the past be an encouragement in the midst of suffering?
- How can we appeal to God on the basis of what He has done in the past?
- What picture does Jesus give us when He refers to Himself as a worm?
- Do you ever scorn, despise, make light of Jesus and what He has done for you on the cross?
- Do you need to repent of these sins?
- How does your birth, your call to faith, and God’s protective care over you give you strength in times of suffering?
- Why can we rest in the fact that God will never forsake us? How does this truth affect the way you live and the way you respond to suffering?
- What does God promise those who are afflicted? How does this affect your life?
- What can you take from this psalm and apply to your present circumstances?
- How will Christ’s example in this psalm influence the way you reach out to help others when they are suffering?
- Do you believe that God “has done it” and rest in His work, or do you believe there is something you have to do in order to be saved? Are your works an effort to earn your salvation, or a loving response to the One who earned your salvation for you?
(See the children’s lesson below this list of links.)
For your children:
- Listen to this reading of Psalm 22 one more time together.
- Review verses that you memorized over the past month together.
- Then discuss what you have learned together over the past month. Why did Jesus suffer? What did His suffering accomplish? Use the questions listed above to help guide your discussion.