Monday, November 17, 2014
"For David speaks concerning him....": Christ in the Psalms
While preaching last evening at Bells Grove on a section from Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:22-31) wherein Peter exposits Psalm 16 as a prophesy of Christ’s resurrection, I was struck by these words, “For David speaks concerning him….” (v. 25).
This statement is a reminder:
1. That the Old Testament speaks about Christ. We do not have to limit our preaching to the New Testament to speak explicitly of Christ. He is the focus of both testaments.
2. The Psalms, in particular, speak of Christ. I thought of this especially with regard to the singing of Psalms. We have two explicit commands in the New Testament which instruct believers to sing canonical psalms (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16). I am an advocate for inclusive psalmody. We should include the singing of Psalms in our corporate worship. Sometimes one will hear the objection, “But the Psalms do not explicitly name the name of ‘Jesus.’” Though the name “Jesus” is not found in the Psalms, this does not mean that the Psalms do not speak of Christ. Christ saturates the Psalms! In them we find his nativity (Psalm 107:19-20), his teaching (e.g., Psalm 37:11), his miracles (e.g., Psalm 107:29), his death (see Psalms 22, 69), burial (Psalm 16:10), resurrection (Psalm 16:8-11), ascension (Psalm 47:5), session (Psalm 110:1), and second coming (Psalm 96:13).
Rightly then, does Peter say, “For David speaks concerning him….” (Acts 2:25).