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Psalm 69
A key Messianic Psalm

This morning we are going to take a look at Psalm 69

-It's 36 verses in length, so it is pretty big and thus hard to hold in our heads all at once
-Structurally the text breaks into 2 halves v.1-18, 19-36, with 3 parts in each half
-It's a Messianic Psalm (for quite a few verses prophetically relate to Christ and his sufferings on our behalf)- this means that it is ultimately all about JESUS
-Next to Psalm 22 - which is also a passage that says a lot about Jesus- it is one of the most quoted of Psalms in the New Testament
-While written by David- by the leading of the Holy Spirit, it is interesting that the situation of Israel and the sufferings described very much lead us to think of the prophet Jeremiah and what he went through in the service of God.
-As a whole Psalm 69 comprises a cry to God for help- a faith filled cry for help
-Key image employed in the text: Drowning in miry waters. To illustrate the desperate situation the image of sinking to what seems like certain death in miry/quick sand like waters is the dominant image of the text (drowing- drowning in mud). This image is introduced to us in v.1-2 and revisited in v.14-15. At times we may be inclined to think of ourselves in such a light- sinking with no hope.
-While the image of sinking into miry waters and the theme of unjust suffering fills the text, faith, hope, and confidence in God gets the final word

READ TEXT

-as read note v.5 and how author aware of his sin but also aware that his present sufferings were not because of them

LESSONS, PRINCIPLES, OBSERVATIONS OF THE TEXT

1. Trouble expressing yourself??? The emotive language of v.1-3 and the Psalms as a whole gives voice to how we sometimes feel but don't always know how to express

-For anyone who struggles with their words and feelings, read the Psalms to bring this side to life.

2. Though we sometimes think God is not listening, to Him we must call in faith v.5

-The Lord is our only recourse
-Despite our feelings and despite the time He sometimes makes us wait, He cares, He loves us, He hears our cry.

Psalm 145:18 "The Lord is near to all who call on Him"

3. The sorrows of Psalm 69 point us to the sorrows of Jesus

-"hated without reason" v.4 - a clear reference to Christ -quoted in John 15:25
-"enemies without cause" v.4 -another reference to Jesus and his sufferings
-"forced to restore what I did not steal" v.4
-"endured scorn" for the sake of his walk with God v.7
-shamed v.7
-rejected by his own family v.8 - for a time this was the plight of Christ as well- who thought he was crazy and who came to bring him home
-insulted v.9 -Jesus was
-made fun of v.11 -another experience of Christ
-mocked v.12 -again an experience of Jesus
-sung of by drunkards v.12
-hated v.14 -a reference to jesus
-abandoned v.20 "I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none"
-punked v.21 "They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst" another clear reference to Jesus- for on the cross they filled a sponge - not with water- but with vinegar

Some thoughts: PSALM 69 IS ALL ABOUT JESUS!

a. The many references to Christ are prophetic and as such validate the claims and message of Jesus- that He was God in the flesh and came down from Heaven on a rescue mission to save us from our sins and the judgment to come. Psalm 69 is a great Psalm for us in the building of our faith in Jesus- for though it was written a 1000 years before Christ it clearly shows us the Jesus of the Gospels
b. Unjust suffering- that's what Jesus took upon himself for us. This was part of the sacrifice of Christ for us
c. Persecution is part of the Christian life. To walk with Christ is to walk the same road he took. To suffer for righteousness sake is to participate in the glories of Christ- as such, in the face of opposition for the Gospel and Jesus, we must not shrink back

4. Even the prayer of v.6-8 reminds us of Jesus

"Lord, the Lord Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me"

Though despairing and under great duress, our author is concerned for the spiritual protection and well being of those who named the name of the LORD as their God.

Rather than selfishly saying, "I'm suffering" why can't other people suffer with me, he says the opposite.

Such also reminds me of Jesus and his prayer in John 17:11 "I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one." and John 17:15 "My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one."

5. The rightful call for God to judge the wicked in Psalm 69:22-28 makes the words and work of Jesus in Luke 23:34 all the more amazing

First off: Please note that their is nothing wrong with the call for Divine judgment in v.22-28. In light of the evils committed, asking for God to come and to punish the wicked makes perfect sense.

While the call for Divine judgment makes perfect sense, what Jesus does in Luke 23:34 and what he did on the cross for us is INCREDIBLE.

In Luke 23:34, Jesus says "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" all the more amazing

The amazing thing about Jesus is his forgiving heart. While on the cross, instead of calling for the angels to come and rescue him, instead of calling for the fire of God to fall on his enemies and consume them, Jesus cried out "Father, forgive them." Hence the call and invitation of the Scriptures to call upon the Lord while He may be found, to be reconciled to God while there is time- for His mercies are real and are given freely to those who confess their sins and who repent.


6. The Book of Life-it's a real book- The only way to get into Heaven is to have your name written there. v.28

The Book of Life is spoke of in Exodus 32:33; Psalm 69:28, Philippians 4:3, Luke 10:20, Revelation 3:5; 13:8;17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27; 22:19

If a person's name is not in the Book of Life- they will not be granted access to Heaven

To know for sure that your name is there requires you to be reconciled to God. God has made a way "The work of God is this, to believe in the one he has sent" This is what Jesus said to those who asked him "What work must we do" John 6:28-29

Is your name written in the Book of Life? Have you put your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior?

For us who have put our faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord- hear the words of Christ: "Rejoice that your names are written in Heaven" Luke 10:20


7. Hold on to your faith!

Psalm 33:16 says "The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people."

Interesting phrase used by Charles Spurgeon "Prisoners of hope" -which comes from Zechariah 9:12.

In times of trouble we are to turn to the promises of God and hold on to them- for God's promises will not fail, He hears the needy and does not despise his captive people