Cameron Crowe wrote and directed a movie by the name Almost Famous. It’s a story of a high school kid who gets hired by Rolling Stone to write a piece on a band. He tours with the band and many travails of the rock n’ roll lifestyle creep up on him and his pursuit of the story. Being the writer of a story about a famous band, doesn’t make you famous. Most of us couldn’t pick any author out of a line up. The fame is in the story they write, rarely in the writers themselves.
I am reading in the book of the Psalms. I love the Psalms. I could easily spend a year just there. There have been so many good books written about the Psalms. But there are one or two that are the most famous. Examples.
Psalm 119. It’s the longest chapter in the Bible (176 verses). It’s right in the middle of the Bible, so it’s easy to find. It’s famous for some facts about it more than it’s content. On the other hand you have this:
“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil…”
What is that from? (I guarantee someone just thought, “A funeral.”) That is from the most famous of all the Psalms, Psalm 23. One thing I have noticed about the Bible, is right next to some of the most famous chapters or verses in the Bible, is some pretty amazing stuff. This case is no different. Right before Psalm 23 is Psalm 22. It is an awesome display. If you would like, you could read it now, just click here.
Psalm 22 is filled with prophecy about Jesus. Don’t believe me? Check out Psalm 22 and Matthew 27.
Psalm 22:1 is quoted or spoken by Jesus in Matthew 27:46.
Pslam 22:8 is speaking of what the mockers will say, it’s in Matthew 27:43, spoken by the mockers of Jesus.
Psalm 22:16, that is discussed in all the Gospels, referring to Jesus being crucified.
Psalm 22:18 occurs again in Matthew 27:35.
I love when I discover something knew in the Bible. Maybe I have noticed this before, but I have forgotten. So it is a new discovery nonetheless. David was referring to exact circumstances surrounding Jesus. Not just what Jesus would say or do, but what others, even enemies of Jesus, would do or say.
Although Psalm 23 is famous and Psalm 22 is almost famous, I love it.