After beginning with the lament “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Psalm 22 turns to thanksgiving and praise: “I will declare thy name unto my brethren” (v. 22). In his study of Hebrews 2:12 ( Proclamation and Praise: Hebrews 2:12 and the Christology of Worship ), Ron Man points out that the author of Hebrews quotes the beginning of the second half of the Psalm.

Hebrews 2:12 views the Psalm of thanks as the words of Christ, and quotes the Psalm just as it turns from the cross to the resurrection. The resurrection is the reversal of the silence of Sheol; it is the beginning of song.

 

Articles by Peter J. Leithart

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