Psalms 69

1 God, save me, because the water has risen to my neck.
2 I'm sinking down into the mud, and there is nothing to stand on. I am in deep water, and the flood covers me.
3 I am tired from calling for help; my throat is sore. My eyes are tired from waiting for God to help me.
4 There are more people who hate me for no reason than hairs on my head; powerful enemies want to destroy me for no reason. They make me pay back what I did not steal.
5 God, you know what I have done wrong; I cannot hide my guilt from you.
6 Lord God All-Powerful, do not let those who hope in you be ashamed because of me. God of Israel, do not let your worshipers be disgraced because of me.
7 For you, I carry this shame, and my face is covered with disgrace.
8 I am like a stranger to my closest relatives and a foreigner to my mother's children.
9 My strong love for your Temple completely controls me. When people insult you, it hurts me.
10 When I cry and go without food, they make fun of me.
11 When I wear clothes of sadness, they joke about me.
12 They make fun of me in public places, and the drunkards make up songs about me.
13 But I pray to you, Lord, for favor. God, because of your great love, answer me. You are truly able to save.
14 Pull me from the mud, and do not let me sink. Save me from those who hate me and from the deep water.
15 Do not let the flood drown me or the deep water swallow me or the grave close its mouth over me.
16 Lord, answer me because your love is so good. Because of your great kindness, turn to me.
17 Do not hide from me, your servant. I am in trouble. Hurry to help me!
18 Come near and save me; rescue me from my enemies.
19 You see my shame and disgrace. You know all my enemies and what they have said.
20 Insults have broken my heart and left me weak. I looked for sympathy, but there was none; I found no one to comfort me.
21 They put poison in my food and gave me vinegar to drink.
22 Let their own feasts cause their ruin; let their feasts trap them and pay them back.
23 Let their eyes be closed so they cannot see and their backs be forever weak from troubles.
24 Pour your anger out on them; let your anger catch up with them.
25 May their place be empty; leave no one to live in their tents.
26 They chase after those you have hurt, and they talk about the pain of those you have wounded.
27 Charge them with crime after crime, and do not let them have anything good.
28 Wipe their names from the book of life, and do not list them with those who do what is right.
29 I am sad and hurting. God, save me and protect me.
30 I will praise God in a song and will honor him by giving thanks.
31 That will please the Lord more than offering him cattle, more than sacrificing a bull with horns and hoofs.
32 Poor people will see this and be glad. Be encouraged, you who worship God.
33 The Lord listens to those in need and does not look down on captives.
34 Heaven and earth should praise him, the seas and everything in them.
35 God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will live there and own the land.
36 The descendants of his servants will inherit that land, and those who love him will live there.

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Psalms 69 Commentary

Chapter 69

David complains of great distress. (1-12) And begs for succour. (13-21) He declares the judgments of God. (22-29) He concludes with joy and praise. (30-36)

Verses 1-12 We should frequently consider the person of the Sufferer here spoken of, and ask why, as well as what he suffered, that, meditating thereon, we may be more humbled for sin, and more convinced of our danger, so that we may feel more gratitude and love, constraining us to live to His glory who died for our salvation. Hence we learn, when in affliction, to commit the keeping of our souls to God, that we may not be soured with discontent, or sink into despair. David was hated wrongfully, but the words far more fully apply to Christ. In a world where unrighteousness reigns so much, we must not wonder if we meet with those that are our enemies wrongfully. Let us take care that we never do wrong; then if we receive wrong, we may the better bear it. By the satisfaction Christ made to God for our sin by his blood, he restored that which he took not away, he paid our debt, suffered for our offences. Even when we can plead Not guilty, as to men's unjust accusations, yet before God we must acknowledge ourselves to deserve all that is brought upon us. All our sins take rise from our foolishness. They are all done in God's sight. David complains of the unkindness of friends and relations. This was fulfilled in Christ, whose brethren did not believe on him, and who was forsaken by his disciples. Christ made satisfaction for us, not only by putting off the honours due to God, but by submitting to the greatest dishonours that could be done to any man. We need not be discouraged if our zeal for the truths, precepts, and worship of God, should provoke some, and cause others to mock our godly sorrow and deadness to the world.

Verses 13-21 Whatever deep waters of affliction or temptation we sink into, whatever floods of trouble or ungodly men seem ready to overwhelm us, let us persevere in prayer to our Lord to save us. The tokens of God's favour to us are enough to keep our spirits from sinking in the deepest outward troubles. If we think well of God, and continue to do so under the greatest hardships, we need not fear but he will do well for us. And if at any time we are called on to suffer reproach and shame, for Christ's sake, this may be our comfort, that he knows it. It bears hard on one that knows the worth of a good name, to be oppressed with a bad one; but when we consider what a favour it is to be accounted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus, we shall see that there is no reason why it should be heart-breaking to us. The sufferings of Christ were here particularly foretold, which proves the Scripture to be the word of God; and how exactly these predictions were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, which proves him to be the true Messiah. The vinegar and the gall given to him, were a faint emblem of that bitter cup which he drank up, that we might drink the cup of salvation. We cannot expect too little from men, miserable comforters are they all; nor can we expect too much from the God of all comfort and consolation.

Verses 22-29 These are prophecies of the destruction of Christ's ( psalms 69:22-23 ) upon the unbelieving Jews, in ( romans 11:9 romans 11:10 ) . When the supports of life and delights of sense, through the corruption of our nature, are made the food and fuel of sin, then our table is a snare. Their sin was, that they would not see, but shut their eyes against the light, loving darkness rather; their punishment was, that they should not see, but should be given up to their own hearts' lusts which hardened them. Those who reject God's great salvation proffered to them, may justly fear that his indignation will be poured out upon them. If men will sin, the Lord will reckon for it. But those that have multiplied to sin, may yet find mercy, through the righteousness of the Mediator. God shuts not out any from that righteousness; the gospel excludes none who do not, by unbelief, shut themselves out. But those who are proud and self-willed, so that they will not come in to God's righteousness, shall have their doom accordingly; they themselves decide it. Let those not expect any benefit thereby, who are not glad to be beholden to it. It is better to be poor and sorrowful, with the blessing of the Lord, than rich and jovial, and under his curse. This may be applied to Christ. He was, when on earth, a man of sorrows that had not where to lay his head; but God exalted him. Let us call upon the Lord, and though poor and sorrowful, guilty and defiled, his salvation will set us up on high.

Verses 30-36 The psalmist concludes the psalm with holy joy and praise, which he began with complaints of his grief. It is a great comfort to us, that humble and thankful praises are more pleasing to God than the most costly, pompous sacrifices. The humble shall look to him, and be glad; those that seek him through Christ shall live and be comforted. God will do great things for the gospel church, in which let all who wish well to it rejoice. A seed shall serve him on earth, and his servants shall inherit his heavenly kingdom. Those that love his name shall dwell before him for ever. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Arise, thou great Restorer of the ancient places to dwell in, and turn away ungodliness from thy people.

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