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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 69

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: A Cry of Distress (v 1-36)

Psalms 69 Commentary

(69:1) The Ministry and Suffering of Jesus - This is one of the most quoted psalms in the New Testament, and it is often applied to the ministry and suffering of Jesus. Psalm 69:4, like John 15:25, speaks of Jesus' many enemies. The experience of being scorned by his brothers (Psalm 69:8) is expressed in John 7:5. Psalm 69:9 portrays David's zeal for God; Christ showed great zeal when he threw the money changers out of the temple (John 2:14-17). In addition, Paul quoted part of Psalm 69:9 in Romans 15:3. Christ's great suffering is portrayed in Psalm 69:20-21 (Matthew 27:48; Mark 15:23; Luke 23:36; John 19:28-30). The words of Psalm 69:22-23 are quoted in Romans 11:9-10, and Peter applied Psalm 69:25 to Judas (Acts 1:20). 

(69:3) Call Out To the Lord - David cried out until he was physically exhausted, with a parched throat and failing eyes. Yet he still trusted God to save him. When devastated by death or tragedy, we need not collapse or despair, because we can turn to God and ask him to save us and help us. The tears will still come, but we will not be crying in vain. 

(69:5-7) Those who are Harmed by Our Sin - Although we want to do God's will, we still sin and make mistakes. But, like David, we should pray that our foolish mistakes will not cause others to stumble. We need to ask God to protect others who look up to us from being harmed by our mistakes and sins. Are you genuinely concerned about those who may copy your behavior and life choices? 

(69:9) Zeal - Zeal (passion) for God's house had eaten up (consumed) David. This same passion consumed Jesus, too. When he went to the temple, he made a whip and chased the merchants and money changers out of the courtyard. Then the disciples recalled this psalm and realized that it was being fulfilled prophetically before their very eyes (John 2:14-17). How much passion do you have for God and his church? 

(69:13) The Lord Hears Your Prayer - What problems David faced! He was scoffed at, mocked, insulted, humiliated, and made the object of citywide gossip. But still he prayed. When we are completely beaten down, we are tempted to turn from God, give up, and quit trusting him. When your situation seems hopeless, determine that no matter how bad life becomes, you will continue to pray. God will hear your prayer, and he will rescue you. When others reject us, we need God most. Don't turn away from your most faithful Friend. 

(69:28) Remaining Faithful - The book of the living" is God's list of those who are in right relationship with him and who remain faithful (1:3; 11:7; 3717, 29; 55:22; 75:10; 92:12-14; 140:13). A similar term in the New Testament refers to those who will receive eternal life (see Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 20:15). 

(69:32) Seek the Lord - Most people want lasting joy and will try almost anything to obtain it, from scrambling for more money to being involved in sexual escapades. The only genuine source of happiness, however, is God, and we receive lasting joy only by seeking him. How are you trying to find happiness? Seek God and live as he says you should (Matthew 6:33-34), and tue joy will follow

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Facing Evil

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 69. In our text today, we see a theme of how we may suffer for our devotion to God. In making application, we see that the Lord is in total control. He hears our prayer and will deliver justice according to His Will and Purpose. Today, we still face evil as this world gets more ungodly. The same God of our text is the same God of today, and His Word says He is Just and delivers His Justice. How about you? Do you face persecution for your faith? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our God is Just and delivers His Justice to all men.


Psalm 69

Psalm 69

 1Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.

 2I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

 3I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

 4They 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.

 5O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

 6Let 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.

 7Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

 8I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.

 9For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

 10When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

 11I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

 12They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

 13But 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.

 14Deliver 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.

 15Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

 16Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

 17And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

 18Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

 19Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

 20Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

 21They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

 22Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.

 23Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.

 24Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.

 25Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

 26For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.

 27Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

 28Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

 29But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

 30I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

 31This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

 32The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

 33For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

 34Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

 35For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.

 36The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.