Psalm Chapter 69:1-18 I Am Drowning-They Persecute Me Because God Calls Me Righteous!

(Unlesss otherwise cited all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible-Public Domain.)

Context

David laments over the trouble that has plagued his life. His enemies are determined to be his undoing, just because of his devotion to God. The lamentation does not define the specifics of his troubles. The psalm is written as a contextual example of how to pray when one is faced with difficulties that are brought on by one’s enemies.  The challenges do not have to be identical, but the structure of the prayer provides guidance to the wearied. Instead of slandering his enemies, the psalmist turns his anger towards his enemies over to God. He asks God to give them the justice they deserve.

  1. The lengthy imprecation of verses. 22– 29 sets up the prayer of praise noted in verses 30– 36. 
  2. It is thought that the final 3 verses of this psalm were added after it was initially written.

Initial Invocation to God.

Verses 1-3: Persecuted Because of Righteousness

Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Have you ever been so overcome with trouble and emotional pain that you have felt like a drowning person? I slipped in the pool one day, both of my legs had cramps in them. Instead of letting go and allowing myself to simply float on the water and allowing the buoyancy of the surface to carry me I panicked and sank. This is how David is feeling right now. His enemies were pressing against him. He was tired of crying out to God because it seems as if there was no answer to his prayers. Have you felt that way lately? Have you prayed for peace only to read about the latest disaster in the world? Know that all of this is just for a period of time. It will end eventually. Our job is to share the love of God eve with the hateful. Yes, they will, and must come against us.  The devil does not want the world to come to the knowledge of God’s pure love for the people of this world. He will fight us at every attempt to spread the gospel of God’s saving grace. “mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.”  Just press on, don’t stop praying – God hears us!

Verse 4: My first complaint against my enemies, Oh God!

They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. 

Can you imagine someone hating a person simply because they are doing the work of the Lord? No, right? But it happens and it happens every day. People will walk away from a person, and or an organization, that will not allow lewdness, slandering, nor filthy words on its page, etc. They will never come right out and give the true reason for taking their support from the person or organization, but they will leave none the less. Friends, know that the persons of perdition may even appear to be stronger than we are-but remember that in our weakness God is strong.

Verses 5-6: God, I confess my sins: I may have been ticked off, and I may have said something I should not have said!

O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 

Even though we are called the righteousness of God, we are weak and can find ourselves wrapped up in foolishness. David knows this too. He asks God not to allow his weakness, or sin, to defame God’s name. We must know that we all sin. Every single day – we sin. If not in deed then certainly in our thoughts.  So, as we live on social media, know that our posts and our words can lead to a person walking away from God. Speak kindly, no matter how ticked off we are. But and when we have posted something ungodly, go back and apologize to God for shaming His name, and apologize to your readers for losing it.

Verses 7-12: My second complaint against my enemies, Oh God!

Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Once again, the psalmist complains to God about the alienation that he feels because men are deriding him. The people who were his friends are no longer his friends because of his relationship with God. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up, and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.” His zeal for keeping God’s word, even within a social circle, has made him an outcast.They that sit in the gate speak against me, and I was the song of the drunkards.” Here is where the rubber meets the road, my friends. IF the day ever comes where you have to choose between your friends who have come up against a servant of God and the servant of God-make sure that you choose to be a friend to the servant of God! Why? Because in choosing the servant of God you have chosen God.  Never ever sit in a seat next to someone who is “trash” talking a servant of God and remain silent. In your silence, you have agreed with them.

Verses 13-18 Lord hear my cry.

13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. 17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. 18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

David looks to The Almighty and once again offers a lament for the persecution that he is experiencing. He is literally complaining to God – not to gripe and grumble about what God has not done for him like the Children of Israel in the wilderness, but to acknowledge that he knows that Yeshua is the authority in his life. We must remember that Jesus did not ask for mercy from the authorities, he did not go to the authorities to save him for the Jewish leaders who were determined to murder him. Likewise, David is not going to earthly authorities for help. He is praying to the Lord who is his “helper” and is “the truth of thy [his] salvation.” The acceptable time for salvation is today. Jesus came to this earth at the that God appointed and demonstrated God’s mercy for all people. There is salvation in no other person, name, nor entity.  The metaphor for “waters” is enemies.  The psalmist was consumed by the shenanigans of his enemies. He felt as if they were drowning him.  So he called on his rescuer-Yeshua!

Prayer: Lord, during our times of trouble remind us that we can call upon you to quench our thirst, strengthen or weary souls, and deliver us from the hands of those who would like to devour us.  We are wonderfully protected by you. We need no one else to protect us from the hands of the devil

Psalm Chapter 69:19-36

Psalm Chapter 68:15-23

Psalm Chapter 68:15-23

For context see: Psalm Chapter 68: 1-6

Deliverance from Mount Sinai to Zion-Noted!

15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan. “Hill of Bashan”: A mountain across the Jordan to the east. Today we call this hill the “Golan Heights.”  16 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the Lord will dwell in it for ever. Verse 16 implies that there is another hill were of God is actually present and they were jealoous of that hill (Zion/Jerusalem). Why would they be jealous? The God of the Israelites lived there.  The other nations knew about the power of the God of Israel. Power meant a lot to them. They wanted a hill that housed the presence of a powerful God. Zion was the location of God’s temple.  God came to the mount of Zion from the original mountain where he met with his people and Moses – Sinai. Today we are the temple of God. Are  people envious of us? Do they see the power of God living in us? He met us at the foot of the cross that stood on Golgotha. It was a hill not a huge mountain. The stature of Christ waas powerful and high enough for that meeting. 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.  The chariots of God refer to the Angelic hosts that fought for, and protected, the nation of Israel. That angelic host fights for and protects us today.  God fights our battles for us – but only if we allow him to.18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. 

We serve a God who saves.

19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

David and the people were shouting, Blessed be the Lord, as they took the Ark up to the mountain. Accordingly, they also shouted this phrase of praise because it is thr cry of a people who loved their God.  For a Christian, the biggest benefit of knowing the God of Israel, is the gift of salvation that he afforded to gentile nations through his son Jesus Christ. 20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.  What an amazing prophetic utterance. Only through one person did the title “King over Death” belong. In Romans 8:11  we re “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Finally, mankind can say it has deliverance from eternal death – but only through Christ Jesus. Colossians 2:12 tells that we are “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” God, our Lord. controls death and life.

21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses. Just look at the original promise that God made to Adam in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” “her seed;” theologians believe that this refers to the church. Many of us struggle daily with our thoughts, words, and actions. As we become more attuned with God’s will in our lives we are cognizant of that fact.  So, we ask him to forgive our weaknesses, our sins, and heal our diseases.  He alone knows whether or not we are sincere in that prayer or if we are just using words that “righteous” people use. It never fails to amaze me how much people condemn each other without knowing the heart of the other person.  We don’t have that type of authority over another person’s walk.

22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: 23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same. David is reminding the people that in the same way that the dog licked u p the blood of the enemies of Israel after it crossed the Red Sea.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being an every present help for your people when they are in trouble. Thank you for the the saving grace of Jesus Christ my Lord. Give me the willingness to never stop serving him becaue he didn’t think trice about giving his life for me.

 

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