Crying Out to God: Chapter 69
One of the longer Psalms, written by David himself, we see the man of war crying out to God in utter despair. He speak of being sunken in mire and flooded in deep waters. He’s cried until his throat is dried up and his eyes burning so badly he can’t see.
How many of us know where he’s’ coming from?
This isn’t a man that’s become bitter because of life’s circumstances. Nor has he given up the Gospel because his prayers seem to go unanswered. And so begins the 69th Psalm.
You Know Me, God
David just begins to get real with God. He says, You know my sins, they’re not hidden from You. He speaks of bearing shame for God’s sake, becoming a stranger to and an alien to those closest to him. But because He was so zealous for the House of God, He says he has become an utter disgrace to those are ashamed of God.
He reminds God of the times he chastised himself with fasting. About the times he was spoken against, and that he was made fun of, even by the drunks!
Save Me, God!
David’s prayer is very much like many he’s prayed before, and would pray again. Cries for God’s mercy through deliverance from all that seems to shake him to his very soul. “Hear me speedily!” he cried out in verse 17. His heart is broken, and there’s no pity, no comfort. In fact, those around him are certainly showing him no mercy!
Don’t Save Them, God!
He turns from praying for help to praying down a rain of God’s anger on those around him who have wronged him for no reason. Of course, as a “man of war,” this is a language David was comfortable with, and could pray, knowing that the Laws of God were being broken.
In today’s world, we no longer have to cry out, as David did, though we surely want to sometimes. Instead, we pray for our enemies. In this day, as the church falls under more and more persecution, we should really study to find out what Jesus said about this. What He taught His disciples. Because it’s likely to come to that again. And prayer is our answer. Just as it was in David’s day, but even more so as it was in the days of the Apostles.
The Salvation of Zion
God will save Zion. But what is Zion? It is quite literally the city of Jerusalem, but more figuratively, the entire nation of Israel, which has been God’s since its inception.
In reading passages like this one, it’s good to remember that we are “grafted into” that vine as heirs of God, and joint heirs of Jesus Christ.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, their heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together.Romans 8:16-17
David did not have the suffering and resurrection of Jesus to look to, as we do. And the last verse of Chapter 69 goes right along with the verses above, from Romans:
The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.Psalm 69:36
Deliver Me: Chapter 70
Hurry, God! Hurry and save me!
David’s plea is, again, so familiar to those of us who know the Psalms. No time to waste, but to get right to praying for the confounding and shame of his enemies.
But let them be glad in God, he goes on to say. Seek salvation. Magnify God. Isn’t that what it’s always been about? And even more than that, let them say it continually!
And then he finishes off the 70th Psalm the same way he started it. As if to remind God just how very needy he really was.
Hurry God! Hurry and save me! Don’t take too much time!
It’s sad to see David so despised and rejected. It’s hard to hear him talk about the way people were treating him and rejecting God at the same time. Hearing him pray for the demolition of his enemies might make us think that we can do the same. And in a manner of speaking we can.
However, we have to be careful. For the measure we judge with is often the measure with which we will be judged! David didn’t have Jesus. He had the very real and very rigid laws of God. And he knew that, because his enemies were breaking those laws, that God could, by rights, judge them where they stood!
But we are no longer under law, but under grace. And I believe we’re coming into a time when that is going to become very real. Right to the marrow of who and what we are in God. Jesus didn’t come to save the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance. And that’s exactly what He’s still doing today!
Oh Lord, help us to always be mindful of who we are in You! Help us to remember that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities. Against the rulers of darkness of this world. Against spiritual wickedness in high places. Help us to learn how to take the armor You gave us… the Truth, the righteousness, the Gospel, the shield of faith and the sword of Spirit, the helmet of salvation. And to always pray in the Spirit! Let us be ever mindful of who YOU are and WE are IN YOU! We ask it in Jesus Name, Amen.