Meditations in David’s Psalms : 26 : It is done! – Psa 22:25-31
Psa 22:30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
In verse 22 David had declared, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.” The ‘congregation’ or the ‘great assembly’ is a reference either to the gathered people of Jerusalem or, perhaps, just a wider reference to the watching world – but specifically the Lord’s people: “From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows.” (v.25) His vows appear to be those in verse 22, to testify to, and praise the Lord. In the face of extreme anguish he will nevertheless testify to the Lord’s goodness and the Lord’s wonder. He, David, may change in his feelings but the truth about the Lord never changes. Whatever we feel, that truth remains the same and He is worthy of both our testimony and our praises of Him.
But it’s not only the great and the glorious that the Lord cares for: “The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him– may your hearts live forever!” (v.26) David is always mindful of those of whom the Lord is mindful – the poor – but whether eating here is physical is questionable because the latter two parts of the verse which, in Hebrew parallelism will echo the first part, clearly refer to seeking the Lord and it being a spiritual eating. Put another way, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Mt 5:6) The truth so often is that we do not go seeking the Lord until we recognize our spiritual hunger and need but, says David, when we do, we will be satisfied.
But then his attention to those who will praise the Lord goes a lot further afield: “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him.” (v.27) That is interesting for it suggests that they once knew but forgot the Lord, and of course that is what has happened in history. Our Western nations are a classic example of that. But there is going to come a time when the activities of the Lord will be such that the eyes of all the world will be drawn to Him and when that happens they will bow before Him. Thus Paul was to write of Jesus, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:9-11) One day it will happen and David foresees that day.
Why will that happen? “For dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.” (v.28) That is the truth even though the godless rulers of the world deny it, but one day it will become obvious. A day is coming when that will be so. David envisages what will take place: “All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him– those who cannot keep themselves alive.” (v.29) Remember the nature of Hebrew parallelism and therefore understand this: at the moment the rich of the world feast and worship their idols (riches, fame, etc.) but a time at the end will come when the Lord acts in judgment on the world (as is seen many times in the Bible) and at that moment these revelers will fall on their knees in the dust in their helplessness.
Now comes something important: “Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn– for he has done it.” (v.30,31) In its simplest form: the truth of this will be relayed down through the generations. David already knows the truth of this and this truth will be conveyed right down to us in this present time. When the Great Day comes, the world will not be able to say it wasn’t warned; the truth is there in the Bible to be clearly seen.
When Jesus was about to die on the Cross, we have already noted, he cried, “It is finished.” (Jn 19:30) As he stared death in the face he knew that the work of carrying the sin of the world by a perfect sacrifice had been completed. Justice had been satisfied. Every generation could call on the Lord for salvation and receive it because the price had been paid for every sin. The work was finished; now all that remained was for it to be worked out in the life of every person who would turn to him and receive it, and that is still continuing today. On the Cross he knew it, and in his heart David sensed it. Hallelujah!