22I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
David's message from Psalm 22 is rather simple: praise him, glorify him, and fear him.
Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
The message is rather simple, but how effective are we, as children of God, in carrying out those commands?
It is easy to praise God in church, but do we praise God in our daily lives? Are we quick to defend his name when we hear it abused, or are we so used to hearing his name taken in vain that we do not even notice? Do we think, before we speak or act, "What would be honoring to God?" When the days are sunny, the weather is warm and beautiful, and the flowers are lovely, do we praise and thank God for this beautiful earth He has created for us?
What does it mean to glorify God, and how is that different from praising him? In praise to God we acknowledge his handiwork and give honor to Him for the work He has and is doing on our behalf, especially the salvation He has provided through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When we glorify Him, we seek to give all honor to Him for every good thing we accomplish in this life. Nothing good that we do or say is done in our own power or in our own strength; all blessings, whether internal or external, are gifts from God, who has made us in his own image.
What does it mean to fear God? Does it mean we are to walk about inwardly trembling in terror for what He might do if we sin against him? The child of God, fears God as anyone under the authority of another fears, or shows respect, for that person because of their authoritative position over them. Understanding that God holds the key to our very souls, and has the power to grant eternal life or death to that soul, causes us to desire to live in a manner that is pleasing to Him. Thus, we fear God, and keep His commandments.
Why? Why did David command God's children to praise, glorify and fear God?
For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
He hears his children when they cry to Him! His eyes are never closed, and his ears are never shut to the call of his children. Why do we, as children of God, spend so much of our lives caring about what the world thinks of us, instead of pursuing a life of love and holiness before our God who loves us as no man ever could?
Today, by the grace of God, let us praise him, glorify him, and fear him!
God Bless You,