The Sunday evening lesson for June 5, 2022.
Save Me, O God (1) (Psalm 69:1-18)Phillip Stuckey, June 5, 2022
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
Psalm 69 is another individual psalm of lament about a man who is having a very difficult time – he is sick, suffering, persecuted, and alone. While there are parts of the psalm that have led some to doubt David’s authorship (Ps. 69:35), the apostle Paul attributes this psalm to him (Ps. 69:22-23; Rom. 11:9). Also, this psalm, along with Psalm 22 and 110, is clearly Messianic and is one of the most quoted in the New Testament. Let us take a moment to consider the first half of this psalm that helps us to pray in times of suffering and keep our focus and hope firmly set on God (Heb. 12:2-4).
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Psalm 69:1–18 (Listen)
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David.
69:1 Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
3 I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God.
4 More in number than the hairs of my head
are those who hate me without cause;
mighty are those who would destroy me,
those who attack me with lies.
What I did not steal
must I now restore?
5 O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,
O Lord GOD of hosts;
let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,
O God of Israel.
7 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that dishonor has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,
an alien to my mother’s sons.
9 For zeal for your house has consumed me,
and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
10 When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting,
it became my reproach.
11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became a byword to them.
12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,
and the drunkards make songs about me.
13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
14 Deliver me
from sinking in the mire;
let me be delivered from my enemies
and from the deep waters.
15 Let not the flood sweep over me,
or the deep swallow me up,
or the pit close its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
17 Hide not your face from your servant,
for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies!