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MORNING STAR

David has envisioned a king greater than himself.  He has been in relationship with God enough to become aware of another personality of God; who we know as Messiah now.  David continues to grow closer to God and to understanding the destiny of man.  One thousand years later the Romans will identify the true king of Israel:

And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Matthew 27:37

For David this is a time when he is close to God and he is receiving a look at the great plan.  By now David may have had some bad days, and our God can relate to his hours of stress.  The Lord gives David words that this new king will echo in another millennium.

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?  O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.  They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.  Psalm 22:1-5

God the father will always hear the cry of David, as he will also hear the seed of David cry out in his hour of trials.  Here we see the words of Yeshua Meschia as he takes a stand against the forces of darkness.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  Matthew 27:46

David has had dark days and he knows what it is like to be rejected by men.  But he also knows what it is like to have God on his side, closer than a brother.  He knows that the enemy will see him lifted by God even while they believe that God will fail him.

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,  He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.  But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.  I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Psalm 22:6-10

This new king will be familiar with the words of David and with the many other prophesies that he will fulfill.  The scriptures are his life, and he is the word of God in the flesh.  He came as an emissary of God to live the human experience and share the rejection that David knew here.  He is God with us, Emanuel.  He will live to hear the same rejection that David experienced.

He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.  Matthew 27: 42-43

David had reached the bottom of his strength, and could not see the evidence of hope.  Like Job he knew that God had allowed him to fall into a low place.

Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.  Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.  They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. Psalm 22:11-15

But is this David, or is he purely speaking the prophetic vision of the experience of Messiah yet to come?

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.  I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.  They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.  But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.  Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. Psalm 22:16-20

David did not have his hands and feet pierced, and who would dare steal the clothing of a king?  No, David is walking in a vision of events far into the future from his own life.  What kind of a coincidence could move David to pen such images so long before that reality would manifest?  Another Prophet also spoke of one who would be pierced.

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.  Zecariah 12: 10

And as David spoke, the garments of this king would be divided among his enemies by lottery.  The crucifixion and plunder of this man became a living vision to David in this Psalm.

They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  Matthew 27: 34-35

The event is like reality to David, in part from David’s actual experience, and in part from the ongoing vision.

Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.  Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.  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.  My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. Psalm 22: 21-25

David will declare the Lord’s name to his brethren.  We know a name of Messiah now, Yeshua, Jesus, Emanuel.  We know him as the one name that brings salvation to man.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

This new king does not look down on the sick or the sinful, but hears and delivers.  David has become aware of the hope of our salvation, and he offers a sacrifice of praise to him.

The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.  For the kingdom is the LORD’s: and he is the governor among the nations.  All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.  A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.  They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this. Psalm 22: 26-31

The meek will seek and praise this Lord, and their heart will have eternal life.  People of many nations will come to a kingdom that is his.  Yeshua came and told us of the Kingdom of God, and we are the seed of his faith who declare his righteousness.

It is wonderful to witness a man of God bringing a revelation of good news.  But perhaps it is more amazing to see that David is a normal man, a man of some passion.  We know that he had the usual weaknesses because he indulged a few in his time.  If David can be a vessel for God’s prophetic messages, perhaps we should consider listening a little more closely to God.  Is it worth our time to invest a little in repentance and prayer?  Can we sacrifice a little of this life to see a little more of the next?  If a few loaves and fishes are available, we may get to witness sharing the bread of life with hundreds or thousands more than we imagined possible.  Another king will multiply what little we have to offer.

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