Loving Jesus More
by Messianic Psalms
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto
you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled,
which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets,
and in the psalms, concerning me. Luke 24:44
Your greatest desire should be to know and love Jesus Christ more. Do you know how to do it? One of God’s chosen ways is to read David’s inspired prophecies about Jesus Christ – a gift from God to us.
David, the man after God’s own heart, was the father of Jesus, and the New Testament often refers to this relationship, from the first verse of the New Testament (Matt 1:1) to the last chapter (Rev 22:16).
Jesus declared that the Old Testament scriptures were about Himself (John 5:39), and Paul wrote that knowing Jesus and glorying in Him is the highest pleasure a person can have (I Cor 2:2; Gal 6:14).
Are you like the Greeks that came to worship at a feast and told Philip, “We would see Jesus” (John 12:20-21)? We cannot let our love of Jesus Christ slip or wane, or we lose our first love for our Lord.
God inspired the Psalms through the greatest praise and worship leader in the Bible and world history, and they were written for our meditation and musing, for they are from David’s own heart and soul.
Most Christians do not know much more about Psalms than Psalm 23. Yet it is this book and its very personal praise of God and prophecies of Jesus that is to be sung in the N.T. (Eph 5:18-19; Jas 5:13).
David’s greatest joy was to know a future Son would be King forever, so he wrote Psalms about Jesus. They show His coming, sufferings, death, resurrection, ascension, priesthood, gifts, judgment, etc.
A Messianic Psalm is any Psalm that is in large part about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was Israel’s Messiah, which is translated Christ in the N.T. – their anointed Deliverer and Savior (John 1:41; 4:25).
There are about 15 psalms that are strongly Messianic: 2, 8, 16, 22, 40, 41, 45, 68, 69, 89, 91, 102, 109, 110, 118.
Here are five examples. Meditate on each of these Psalms about Jesus that are also quoted in the N.T.
PSALM 2 … Earthly rulers joined against Him, but God gave Jesus total victory as His Son and King.
PSALM 8 … Jesus humbly came to earth for us, but God then crowned Him with glory over all things.
PSALM 22 … Jesus in the first person describes His great suffering on the cross to pay for your sins.
PSALM 45 … This is a love song – of a glorious Prince and His bride – all about Jesus’ love for you.
PSALM 110 … Jesus is both king and priest, for the first time in Israel, and He has made you both.
Exhaustive audio commentaries from the book of Psalms. We know more about the heart of David than any other person in the Bible, and he was God’s favorite. Jesus Himself is called the Son of David. Listen and learn what made David so special and how you can be like him. Praise ye the LORD.
For much greater detail about these and the other Messianic Psalms.
The best commentary on the book of Psalms is Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David now online.