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Psalms 69:4 John 15:25
Psalms 69:9 John 2:17; Romans 15:3
Psalms 69:21 Mat. 27:34, 48; Mk.15:36; Lk. 23:36; Jn.19:28-29
Psalms 69:22-23 Romans 11:9-10
Psalms 69:25 Acts 1:16, 20
Introduction to Psalm 69:
This is a great MESSIANIC Psalm. Next to Psalm 22, it is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament. Psalm 69 deals with the death of CHRIST, and the life of CHRIST. Psalm 69 is quoted in the Gospels of in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and in Acts and Romans. I honestly think there are many references to it which are not actual quotations. It is classified as an Imprecatory Psalm because 69:22-28 are what is known as an imprecatory prayer. Yet from that section the New Testament writers often quoted. See Special Comments at the end of this chapter for: Imprecatory Psalms.
This Psalm tells us some things about the silent years of CHRIST'S childhood and young manhood, of which the Gospels tell us practically nothing. Luke tells us about an incident in the life of our LORD when He was twelve years old Lk.2:42), and then there is nothing else about Him until He is about thirty years old. What about that period of time? This Psalm fills in some of the details. We see some of CHRIST'S dark days in Nazareth and His dark hours in the garden and on the cross. His imprecatory prayer is actually a cry for justice. This Psalm is of His humiliation and rejection.
Psalm 69, like Psalm 22, begins with JESUS’ humiliation and ends with His exaltation, one part of which was the destruction of the Jewish nation for persecuting Him, which the imprecations here predict. In reading or singing this Psalm we must SEE the sufferings of CHRIST, and the glory that followed.
David wrote this Psalm, and to me, it is to be understood of the Coming MESSIAH. So, what David spoke of in many places in Psalm 69, was literally fulfilled through the suffering of our Lord JESUS.
Paul quotes Psalm 69:22-23 in Romans11:9-10 to show that ONLY the elect of Israel (Isa.65:22) received GOD’S Promises, the rest did not! Just as in the days of David there were enemies against GOD’S chosen ones (1 Chron.16:13), so too, there continues to be enemies of GOD’S chosen, specifically His precious anointed One, JESUS. Israel refused to see the Truth that JESUS was/is the MESSIAH, so the wrath of GOD came against them.
A Crushing Blow (69:1-4)
This fourth verse is the first passage of this Psalm that is quoted in the New Testament and applied to JESUS. As JESUS is teaching His disciples in the upper room the night before His death, He said: John 15:24-25 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (KJV)
The idea of this part of the fulfillment of the prophecy is, not only that the Jewish leaders hated JESUS, but they viciously accused Him falsely. JESUS is predicting this part of His upcoming trials that would happen in just a matter of hours. JESUS is telling His disciples that He was going to pay the price for things which He had not done and that a terrible injustice was about to take place.
Psalm 69:1 Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. (KJV)
Save me, O God . . . the petitioner is CHRIST; not as GOD but as Man, in very distressed and suffering circumstances. As a Priest (Heb.5:5-6), it was part of His work to intercede, as well as to offer sacrifice; and although He did not offer a sin offering for Himself, yet He offered up petitions, with strong crying and tears; and, as the surety of His people, He prayed, in point of right and justice, both for Himself and them (Jn.17:4). The Person petitioned is GOD the FATHER, who was able to save Him, and always heard Him (Heb.5:7), which perfectly agrees with some petitions of CHRIST, recorded in the New Testament (Jn.12:27). These show the weakness of the human nature, the weight of sin upon Him, and His sense of the wrath of GOD; and which, although, were made with limitations and restrictions. In addition, this may also intend help and assistance from His divine FATHER, which was promised to Him, and He expected and had, in the acceptable time in the day of salvation (69:13; Isa.49:8), He was so saved in death, for He abolished death (2 Tim.1:10), and destroyed him that had the power of death (Heb.2:14); and was quickly raised from the grave, and thereby saved out of it.
For the waters are come in unto my soul … the MESSIAH represents His case in 69:1-2, as that of a Man standing up to His chin in water, in a miry place, where He could not set His Feet firmly, nor get out; and so was in the most looming danger. These overwhelming waters may indicate the floods of ungodly men that encompassed Him (Ps.18:4), the assembly of the wicked that enclosed Him (Ps.22:16); the proud waters that went over his soul (Ps.124:5); and the Gentiles and people of Israel that were gathered against Him to destroy Him (Jn.18:31). The curses of the law fell upon JESUS, which may be compared to the bitter water of jealousy that caused the curse. CHRIST was made a curse for His people; and the wrath of GOD went over Him, lay hard on Him, and came around Him like water, into His Soul, which caused Him to be exceeding sorrowful, even unto death (Mat.26:38; Mk.14:34).
*****Have you ever really considered how JESUS suffered? His physical suffering on the cross was horrible, but I think some of the things He suffered in His life on Earth were almost unbearable. The blasphemy, contempt, disrespect, irreverence and hatred from His own people that condemned Him to die. During our LORD'S last three hours on the cross He became the LAMB of GOD that took away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29). It was then that He was made sin for us (2 Cor.5:21). Although He suffered all through His lifetime, as we shall see, there is no saving grace in those sufferings as far as we are concerned. He willingly and voluntarily took the place of humiliation for us.
Psalm 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. (KJV)
I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing . . . there were floods of suffering which started when the Lord JESUS was born in a manger in a barn (Lk.2:7, 12, 16), which was probably part of an inn. The barn was a better place to be born because no one could see what took place that night except the cows, oxen and sheep. The animals were much better than the sneering crowd that filled the inn. It was in the barn where He began His life in suffering. When the MESSIAH bore the filthy sins of His people, and the punishment of them, it was as if He got into the horrible pit, the mire and clay (Ps.40:2).
I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me . . . afflictions are often compared to waters in Scripture, CHRIST'S sorrows and sufferings are very rightly indicated by deep waters and overflowing floods; and therefore properly called a baptism, by Himself (Lk.12:50), when He was as One immersed in and overwhelmed with water.
Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. (KJV)
I am weary of my crying . . . in His distress; He cried out to GOD; praying earnestly, intensely and fervency of SPIRIT. He offered petitions, with strong crying and tears, in that He calls it a roaring (Ps.22:1; 32:3), and where there seemed to be a delay in answer to His cries, He cried until He was tired of crying; and yet it is remarkable that His last cry was with a loud voice, which surprised the centurion (Mk.15;34-39). Crying here does not mean weeping, or shedding tears, but calling on GOD for help. He had grown weary; His strength had been drained in calling on GOD to help Him (Ps.6:6). He had called on GOD so long, and prayed so much and so earnestly, that His strength was gone (Mat.26:41).
My throat is dried . . . with crying, for so long that He was hoarse; or burnt with inward heat which usually went along with persons being crucified (Ps.22:15).
Mine eyes fail while I wait for my GOD . . . GOD the FATHER was the GOD of JESUS the Man. GOD had prepared a Body for Him (Heb.10:5), and anointed His human nature with the HOLY SPIRIT. He supported and upheld Him: and JESUS loved Him, believed in Him, prayed to Him, and waited and looked for help from Him. Because help was delayed, His eyes failed with intense looking for it (Ps.38:10; 88:9), as well as with grief and tears (Ps.6:7; 31:9-10).
*****During the thirty years JESUS was on Earth, there were times when His eyes were red with weeping. The next verse tells us why there was so much sorrow and sadness in His life.
Psalm 69:4 They 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. (KJV)
They that hate me without a cause . . . as the Jews did (Jn.15:18, 25). He NEVER did any injury to any person or property . . . He always went about doing good, both to their souls and bodies; so He should have earned their highest respect and love, NOT their hatred; and yet they were His hard-hearted enemies (Lk.19:14). They hated Me without a cause: (Ps.35:7, 19; 119:78, 161; Jn.15:25).
Are more than the hairs of mine head . . . there was a multitude so great that it cannot be estimated, that came to take Him in the garden (Mat.26:47; Mk.14:43; Lk.22:47); and it was a multitude that the priests and Pharisees prompted to ask for the release of Barabbas, and the crucifixion of Jesus (Mat.27:1-2, 11-14; Mk.15:1-5; Lk.23:1; 22:66; Jn.18:28-38). A great company of people followed Him to the cross, and insulted Him, as He hung there; the Gentiles and the people of Israel were gathered together against Him (Mat.27:55: Lk.23:27).
They that would destroy me . . . as the Jews often tried to do before His time was come.
Being mine enemies wrongfully . . . without cause, or through lies and falsehoods told of Him, and spread about Him.
Are mighty . . . lively and strong, as David's enemies were (Ps.35:19; 38:19). The great men of the Earth, kings and princes, such as Herod and Pontius Pilate, and also demonic principalities and powers (Rom.8:38; Eph.6:12; Col.2:15), who were concerned in making up those lies, and putting them into the minds of men; for the devil is the father of all lies and falsehood (Jn.8:44).
Then I restored that which I took not away . . . (Isa.53:4-7; 2 Cor.5:21; 1 Pet.2:24; 3:18). This seems to be a proverbial sentence, meaning an innocent man treated unjustly. According to the law, if a man stole and killed, or sold an ox, he was to restore five oxen; or a sheep, he was to restore four; and if the ox or sheep was found alive, he was to restore two. So, to force a man to restore something, when he had taken nothing, was the greatest injustice (Ex.22:1-5).
*****The devil took away by claiming in Heaven what was not his, when he boasted that he was like the Most High (Isa.14:13-14), and for this he paid a righteous penalty. Adam also took away what was not his own, when, enticed by the devil, ye shall be as gods (Gen.3:5) . . . he wanted to be like GOD, and yielded to the deception of the woman. But the Lord JESUS did NOT think it robbery to be equal with GOD (Phil.2:6), and yet His enemies said, by our law he ought to die, because He made Himself the SON of GOD (Jn.19:7).
Complaints of Great Distress (69:5-12)
Anyone going through great difficulty usually does not need to be told that they have made bad decisions in his or her life and has committed sin; but there is also another important truth: our sins have an impact on how people see GOD. People who trust GOD are, or can be, impacted by the sins of another (69:6). We must be careful.
There are many MESSIANIC references and quotations in this section of the Psalm. The first one is found in verse 8: I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. We also know through the words of John that the brothers of JESUS did not believe He was the MESSIAH, going along with the Jewish leaders. John 7:5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. (KJV)
Two MESSIANIC quotations are found in: Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. (KJV) . . . The first quotation is the first part of verse 9, For zeal for Your house has consumed me. This is the Passage the disciples of JESUS remember after JESUS cleansed the Temple (Jn.2:17). The second quotation is the second part of verse 9, And the insults of those who insult You have fallen on me. Paul’s application of this Passage is interesting in: Romans 15:2-3 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. (KJV) . . . The suffering JESUS endured is because of His great desire for righteousness. Paul uses the quotation of the Psalm to show that JESUS suffered because of His righteousness. But Paul goes a step further to show that WE need to guard our neighbors’ interests and be unselfish because that is what CHRIST did.
We should often consider the Person of the Sufferer here spoken of, and ask why, as well as what He suffered, and meditate on it, that we may be more humbled, and more convinced of our danger of sin, so that we may feel more gratitude and love, compelling us to live to His glory Who died for our salvation. When in affliction, we must commit the keeping of our souls to GOD that we may not be discontent or sink into despair.
In a world where unrighteousness reigns so much, let us take care that we never do wrong to those around us, and if we receive wrong, let us go to GOD in prayer for help and strength to do the right thing, that we may better bear it. Let us not be discouraged if our zeal for the Truths, precepts and worship of GOD may provoke some, and cause others to mock our godly sorrow and deadness to the world. Let us imitate CHRIST JESUS!
Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. (KJV)
O God, thou knowest my foolishness . . . not that there was any foolishness in JESUS, who, as Man, from His babyhood was filled with wisdom, and increased in it; and, as MEDIATOR, had the SPIRIT of wisdom on Him, and the treasures of wisdom (Col.2:3) in Him; and, as divine Person (GOD), He is the Wisdom of GOD (Lk.11:40; Rom.11:33; 1 Cor.1:24), and the only wise GOD; and as in our nature, there was NO foolishness in His Heart, no foolishness in His Words, no foolishness in His actions . . . but this is to be understood either of what was accounted to Him by others; He and His followers were considered foolish and illiterate men, and the Gospel preached by Him and His apostles was foolishness to them that perished (1 Cor.1:18); or of what He was charged with by His enemies; blasphemy, heresy, immorality and treason . . . all of which He was innocent, and so He could petition His FATHER, who knows all things. Spirit of wisdom: (Ex28:3; 31:3; 35:31; Deut.34:9; Isa.11:2; Lk.2:40; 1 Cor.2:4; 12:8; Eph.1:17). Omniscience of GOD: (1 Chron.28:9; 1 Ki.8:39; Ps.44:21; 139:1-4; 147:5; Isa.40:28; 46:9-10; Mat.10:30; Acts 1:24; Heb.4:13; 1 Jn.3:20). For Scriptures on JESUS' Omniscience, see: (Mat.12:25; Mt.22:18; Mk.2:8; Mk.5:30; Mk.11:2; Luke 5:4-6; Lu.8:46; Lu.19:30; Lu.22:10; John 6:6; Jn.13:3; Jn.16:30; Jn.19:28; Jn.21:17; Acts 1:24; Rev.3:1, 8).
And my sins are not hid from thee . . . meaning not any sins committed by Him; but the sins of His people imputed to Him, which He calls His own (Ps.40:12), these must be known to His FATHER, since He is GOD omniscient (all-knowing), and since it was He that laid them upon Him, and He made satisfaction for them to Him; and which He sees to enforce His petition (69:1, also see Isa.53:11).
*****You may ask: How can this verse apply to the LORD? You must remember that JESUS, the GOD-Man came to Earth as a human being (Jn.1:14). He was holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners. But those last few hours on the cross, JESUS became sin for us. That was what He was resisting in the Garden of Gethsemane, when He prayed: Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (KJV) . . . What cup? The cup of sin, which was my cup and your cup of sin. The sin of the world (Jn.1:29), that was put upon Him was horrible for Him . . . even though it comes naturally for us . . . but because He was so Holy and so pure, His suffering for OUR sins was appalling and dreadful for Him, because GOD, Who cannot tolerate any sin, turned His Back on JESUS when OUR sins was laid on Him.
Psalm 69:6 Let 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. (KJV)
Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake . . . them that wait on thee, those who worship Thee, are those who are Thy true friends. True piety is often in the Scriptures represented as waiting on the LORD (Ps.25:3, 5; 27:14; 33:20; 37:9, 34; 62:1, 5; 123:2; Isa.25:9; 40:1-3, 31; Lam.3:25; Mic.7:7; Rom.8:25). The people of GOD, and believers in CHRIST, are described as waiting on the LORD: for the Coming of CHRIST, and salvation by Him; but this petition of CHRIST addresses His divine FATHER as the Lord GOD of hosts, of armies above and below, as GOD omnipotent; partly to encourage their trust and confidence in Him, and partly to encourage His own faith as Man, that His petition would be answered.
Let not those that seek thee . . . in the Holy Word and ordinances, by prayer and petition, with all their hearts, in CHRIST, in whom GOD the FATHER is only to be found (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12), and for life and happiness now and eternal life in the life to come. Seek thee is another phrase to mean people of true piety, for only those who are seeking GOD, are the ones who really desire to understand Him and His ways, and obtain His favor.
Be confounded for my sake . . . confounded or confused through His sufferings and death.
O God of Israel . . . the GOD of Israel is the Covenant GOD of the spiritual Israel, the MESSIAH redeems, and the SPIRIT makes Israelites indeed (Gal.3:26-29). Covenant God, To Israel: (Ex. 6:4-8; Lev. 26:44-45; Judg.2:1; 1 Chron. 16:15-17; Neh. 9:8; Ps. 105:8-10; Eze. 16:8, 60; Lk. 1:72-75; Eph. 2:12; Rom.9:4; 15:8).
Psalm 69:7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. (KJV)
Because for thy sake I have borne reproach . . . the reason why these calamities had come upon Him is that He had been the professed friend of GOD, and have tried to do His duty to Him. The criticism connected with religion is where TRUE religion is hated in a world of sin, and has fallen on Him, which He bore patiently for the sake of the Word and worship of GOD, and for the sake of the glory of GOD, which He all along sought; and to repair the loss of it, which was persistent through the sin of man.
Shame hath covered my face . . . when He was spit upon by some, and smote by others with a rod upon his cheek; and when He was blindfolded, and bid to prophesy who smote Him (Isa.50:6; Mat.26:67; 27:26; Mk.14:65; 15:19; Lk.22:63-64; Jn.18:22). Shame hath covered my face, does not mean that He had Himself been ashamed of religion or of the service of GOD, but instead that He had suffered shame, derision, reproach among people for His professed attachment to the Truth (Ps.44:15-16).
Psalm 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. (KJV)
I am become a stranger unto my brethren . . . not just to the Jews who were His own people and nation, to whom He came, and who received Him not (Jn.1:11; 6:41-42), hid as it were their faces from Him, and rejected Him as the MESSIAH (Ps.22:6-8; Isa.53:3); but also to those who were still nearer akin to Him, according to the flesh, who did not believe in Him (Jn.7:5); and even in some of His disciples and followers, some of which having heard doctrines delivered by Him, that they did not agree with withdrew from Him, and walked no more with Him (Jn.6:60, 66) . . . down to His apostles, whom He often called His brethren: one of these betrayed Him (Mat.26:25; Mk.14:43; Lk.22:47; Jn.18:5), another one denied Him with oaths and cursing (Mat.26:33-35; Mk.14:29-31; Lk.22:31-34; Jn.13:36-38), and all of them forsook Him and fled (Mat.26:56; Mk.14:27, 50; Jn.16:32) when He was taken by His enemies, and about to die.
And an alien unto my mother's children . . . which is the same as a stranger unto my brethren, above. The Targum is, as the son of the Gentiles to my mother's children, meaning as a Heathen to them (Mat.18:17).
Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. (KJV)
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up . . . Thine House, the Temple, which was the House of CHRIST'S FATHER, where He dwelt and was worshipped. Zeal for His FATHER, and His glory in it, and anger against those that made it a house of merchandise (Jn.2:16), inflamed Him; causing Him to drive out the buyers and sellers in it whereby this Passage had its fulfillment (Jn.2:14-15). JESUS’ zeal for the Gospel appeared in His warm and lively preaching it, in His constancy and diligence in it; in the tiring journeys He took to spread it, in the risks and dangers He exposed Himself to, for its sake; in the miracles He performed to confirm it, and in the care He took to free it from criticism and slander.
And the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me . . . the same persons that reproached GOD and His Word are the same that reproached CHRIST (Rom.15:3).
Psalm 69:10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. (KJV)
When I wept . . . because of the sins of His people imputed to Him; the hardness and unbelief of the Jews that rejected Him; their irreverence and ungodliness in polluting the Temple with their merchandise. JESUS also wept at the grave of Lazarus (Jn.11:35), and over the city of Jerusalem because of the blindness of its inhabitants, and the ruin coming upon them (Lk.19:41); and in His prayers at different times, especially in the garden and on the cross, which were offered up with strong crying and tears (Heb.5:7).
And chastened my soul with fasting . . . the word chastened seems to be supplied from Psalm 35:13, where soul is put for the body or for the whole person. CHRIST fasted forty days and nights in the wilderness (Mat.4:2; Lk.4:2); and often, through neglect of Himself, and being busy in preaching and healing diseases, was without food for some time: He seems to have been fasting the day that He suffered, when He made atonement for our sin. The words and chastened are not in the original. The literal translation would be, I gave Myself so much to fasting and weeping, that My strength was exhausted. This refers to His acts of devotion; to His actions to discipline His Soul so as to lead a strictly religious life.
That was to my reproach . . . IF JESUS ate and drank, He was accused of being a glutton and a winebibber (Mat.11:19; Lk.7:34); and IF He wept and fasted, as John the Baptist did, they said He was mad and had a devil (Mat.11:18); and many after what awful things were said of Him, wondered: can this poor creature, that weeps and mourns and fasts, really be the SON of GOD, a divine Person, as He makes Himself to be, and that His followers believe He is? And dear one, it so remains today, that the Jews are blind to Him to this day.
Psalm 69:11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. (KJV)
I made sackcloth also my garment . . . even though, there is nowhere that we read that JESUS put on sackcloth for any occasion, yet it is not unlikely that He did; and too, this may only mean that He mourned and sorrowed at certain times, as people do when they put on sackcloth (Ps.35:13; Dan.9:3). And too, as the common dress of His forerunner was raiment of camels' hair, with a leathern girdle (Mat.3:4; Mk.1:6); so too, it is most likely His own clothing was very common, suitable to His condition; who, although He was rich, for our sakes became poor (2 Cor.8:9). Do NOT let the word-faith heretics tell you JESUS was rich, He was poor (Mat.8:20; Lk.9:58).
And I became a proverb to them . . . a byword, a joke, a subject of ridicule, so that when they saw any person in sackcloth, or in common clothing, they would say, look, that one looks like JESUS of Nazareth.
Psalm 69:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. (KJV)
They that sit in the gate speak against me . . . the gates of cities were places where business was transacted; places where courts were frequently held (Job 29:7; Ps.9:14). Some think that the gates were the places where the judges sat to administer justice, the meaning here seems to be that those who were high in rank and power, joined in the cry of reproach against Him. The more likely interpretation is that He was subject to the reproach of those who were gathered around these places, the lazy loafers who were assembled there. They spoke against CHRIST; against His Person as the SON of GOD, against His office as the MESSIAH, against His doctrines and against His people and followers. They consulted together on how to seize Him, and take away His Life, as the chief priests and elders often did; and when they had taken Him they spoke against Him, and unanimously condemned Him when they sat in judgment of Him.
And I was the song of the drunkards . . . drunkards, or them that drink strong drink, as Job complains was his case (Job 30:8-9). Most likely the common people that were employed in taking of JESUS had plenty of liquor given them by the priests and elders, to encourage them; this being a festival time too, might come at it more easily than usual, and drink more freely; and this might be the case of the Roman soldiers, when they made CHRIST the subject of their laughter and commotion in Pilate's hall (Ps.35:15-16).
JESUS Begs for HIS FATHER’S Favor (69:13-21)
In verse 13 we see CHRIST praying for favor from GOD and that GOD answers His prayer with His abundant and faithful love. Verses 14-15 refer back to the first two verses of the Psalm 69, asking that GOD not let Him sink in the deep mud nor be overcome by the deep waters. CHRIST calls for deliverance from the His FATHER. Verses 19-21 describe the shame and insults that JESUS experiences. The Lord JESUS looks for sympathy or comforters, but finds absolutely none. Instead of comfort or help, He finds more continued cruel, mistreatment. This abuse is symbolized in the thirst JESUS has that is not quenched by water, but with vinegar and gall.
Nearly everyone can see that the fulfillment of this MESSIANIC language in the Lord JESUS.
Matthew 27:33-34 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. (KJV) . . . The gall and vinegar was not only literally given to JESUS but was also a symbol of the cruel and brutal treatment He received from the people.
Psalm 69:13 But 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. (KJV)
But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord . . . but as for me, in regard to JESUS’ conduct and feelings in these circumstances, and under this treatment. CHRIST always went to prayer in these circumstances, never to railing and reviling. He applied to GOD, His divine FATHER, and committed Himself completely to GOD that always judges righteously, and prayed both for Himself and for His enemies (Lk.23:34).
In an acceptable time . . . which was the time of His sufferings and death; because the good will and pleasure of GOD was seen in not sparing His own and only begotten SON, His beloved SON (Mat.3:17; 17:5; Mk.1:11; 9:7; Lk.3:22; 9:35; 20:13; 2 Pet.1:17), Whom He delivered up to justice and death for the worst of sinners. CHRIST laid down His life by the command of His FATHER, offered Himself a pure and Holy Sacrifice by the will of GOD, thus the law of GOD was fulfilled, justice satisfied, and the work of man's redemption finished . . . all which was the pleasure of the Lord JESUS. The sufferings of CHRIST were well pleasing to GOD, for the Sacrifice of CHRIST was for a sweetsmelling savour (Eph.5:2); the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Pet.1:1) was acceptable to Him, because the Law was magnified and made honorable by it. Peace was now made by the blood of His cross (Col.1:20), GOD was glorified (Jn.13:31-32) His Promises fulfilled (Isa.53:10; Pro.8:23; Heb.2:13-14) and His people saved (Jn.3:15-18); and so it was a proper time for the MEDIATOR to offer up His petitions and prayers, in which He was heard (Isa.49:8; 50:7-9).
O God, in the multitude of thy mercy . . . or, in Thy abounding compassion. This was the substance of His prayer.
Hear me, in the truth of thy salvation . . . or because of Thy true salvation; that which GOD planned and secured in covenant, and sent His SON to put in effect, and of which He is become the Author of the only true and real salvation, not symbolic and shadowy, as the salvation of Israel out of Egypt and Babylon were, but because of the truth and faithfulness of GOD, Who had promised salvation to come by the MESSIAH, that He would be carried through His sufferings, be raised from the dead, and be crowned with honor and glory, therefore He prays He might be heard because of this.
Psalm 69:14 Deliver 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. (KJV)
Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink . . . in which He was sinking (69:1-2); and as a result He was delivered out of it (Ps.7:10); out of all the mire of sin, the sins of His people that were upon Him, from which He was justified when raised from the dead; and so will appear without sin, when He comes a second time (Heb.9:28). Let me not sink, let Me not be overwhelmed by My sorrows.
Let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters . . . this means the same as above, the enemies of CHRIST are those that hated Him, and are compared to deep waters, floods of the ungodly (Ps.18:4).
Psalm 69:15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. (KJV)
Let not the water flood overflow me . . . the enemy, the devil, came in like a flood upon the Lord JESUS, with his whole mob of devils; or this could mean the wrath of GOD, which came upon Him like a flood overwhelming Him. The idea is that of a flood or roaring river that threatened to drown Him.
Neither let the deep swallow me up . . . as it did Jonah by the whale, and Dathan and Abiram in the Earth (Deut.11:6; Ps.106:17). The deep, the abyss, the pit of Hell; as one interprets it.
When CHRIST endured the curses of the law and the wrath of GOD, He suffered the same as the damned in Hell . . . with one exception . . . the mouth of this pit would NOT be shut upon Him (Ps.16:10), as it shall be on all those who deny JESUS’ work on the cross, and refuse to accept Him as the only Way to Heaven (Jn.14:6; Acts.4:12). His divine FATHER did NOT leave Him, nor allow Him to be so long there, as to see corruption (Acts 2:27-31; 13:35-38). Hell’s door was NOT shut on Him, but He was delivered out of it, and will die no more (Rom.4:25; 1 Cor.15:12-32). The idea in all these expressions is the same . . . that of overwhelming calamities from which He prayed to be delivered.
Psalm 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. (KJV)
Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good . . . GOD’S lovingkindness to CHRIST, not only as His SON, but as MEDIATOR; which is a love of comfort, delight and satisfaction, and which was from eternity, and will be to eternity. GOD’S love is good, shown by the effects of it; such as putting all things into his hands (Jn.13:3), showing Him all that He does, concealing nothing from Him, appointing Him to be the SAVIOUR of His people (Jn.7:27-29), and the Judge of the world. Christ, as Judge: (Mat.19:28; Lk.22:30; Jn.5;22, 27, 30; 8:15-16, 26; 9:39; 12:47-48; Acts 17:30-31; 2 Cor.5:10; Rom.2:16; Rev.19:11; 20:11-15). GOD’S lovingkindness has a good influence on the graces of the SPIRIT: faith, hope and love, to encourage to a cheerful and willing obedience to all the divine commands; and it lasts forever: and it is SO good, that it is better than any temporal good thing; it is better than life, and all the comforts of it (Ps.63:3).
Turn unto me, according to the multitude of thy tender mercies . . . how highly JESUS speaks of the goodness of GOD: in Him there are mercies, tender mercies, and a multitude of them. If we think well of GOD, and continue to do so under the greatest hardships, we need never fear that GOD will not do well for us; for He takes pleasure in those that hope in His mercy (Ps.147:11). We see JESUS’ distress but we also see His assurance of deliverance and victory. Neither the deep nor the pit could hold Him. He was saved out of them by His faith and trust in GOD, and by His persistent prayers to Him. May we learn to do the same!
Psalm 69:17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. (KJV)
And hide not thy face from thy servant . . . this characteristic is often given to CHRIST as MEDIATOR; He is a servant of GOD'S choosing, calling and appointing; who is a careful, diligent, obedient and Righteous One; who always reverenced and honored Him whose servant He was (Isa.42:1; 52:13; 53:11). When He was on the cross, suffering in the place and instead of His people, JESUS felt that His FATHER had forsaken Him (Mat.27:46; Mk.15:34); seeing He was His servant, now doing His duty, and about to finish it, the great work of man's redemption, and for the following reason.
For I am in trouble . . . in difficulties and troubles; pressed on every side, enclosed with the assembly of the wicked (Ps.22:16) who were mocking Him, and with the whole mob of devils, who were throwing their fiery darts at Him, for having the sins of His people and the curses of a righteous law on Him, and the wrath of GOD on Him; and what made His trouble worse, He was forsaken by Him.
Hear me speedily . . . or make haste to hear and answer Me; I need help quickly (Ps.22:19; 27:9).
Psalm 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. (KJV)
Draw nigh unto my soul . . . to me, for my life is in danger. While the Lord JESUS was suffering, He felt that His FATHER had forsaken Him (Mat.27:46; Mk.15:34). He felt that
GOD was afar off from Him, because of the sins of His people placed upon Him on the cross, so He desperately wants that GOD would draw nigh to Him in the manifestations of His love and favor to Him; which He did, when He made Him full of joy with His Presence.
And redeem it . . . from the power of the grave; not leave body and soul there, but raise Him from the dead (Ps.31:5; 49:15; 56:13), and give Him glory, as He did. Ascended into Heaven: (Ps.68:18; Eph.48-10; Mk.16:19; Lk.24:51; Jn.20:17; Acts 1:9; Heb.1:3; 4:14; 1 Pet.3:22). Right Hand of GOD: (Mat.26:64; Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22)
Deliver me, because of mine enemies . . . that they might not triumph over Me, as if, being dead, He could rise no more. Deliver me from the grave, raise me from the dead, that I may have victory over My enemies, who are like an evil disease and that I take vengeance on them (Ps.13:4; 41:5-8).
Psalm 69:19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. (KJV)
Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor . . . Thou hast known my reproach, the shame and contempt which I am called to bear. GOD had seen all this; and for a fact, He was totally aware of all of it, because He is the One that sent is SON to perform the work of salvation for us. Shame, and my dishonor are the same as reproach, different words expressing the same thing. They are gathered together here to mean the extent of His distress.
Mine adversaries are all before thee . . . in His sight: He knew them, He knew the malice and wickedness that was in their hearts; and all the evil words that they spoke, and the wicked things that were done by them.
*****Dear one, all who persecute and oppose CHRIST are always under the watchful Eye of GOD the FATHER! He knows WHO they are, and He sees and hears all that they do. NOTHING in their conduct is concealed from ALMIGHTY GOD! BEWARE!!! Just as GOD interceded on behalf of His only begotten SON when He was on the cross, He intercedes on His behalf today as well. It greatly angers GOD when anyone blasphemes, denies or rejects His SON. You do NOT want to be on GOD’S bad side! You do NOT want to bring GOD’S wrath down on you! Judgment day is coming! http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_judgment_day_IS_coming.htm
Psalm 69:20 Reproach 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. (KJV)
Reproach hath broken my heart . . . this was the case when His soul was exceeding sorrowful unto death (Mat.26:38), and His heart like wax melted in the midst of his bowels (Ps.22:14). The criticisms and the slanders had crushed the Lord JESUS. He was not able to stand up under them.
And I am full of heaviness . . . as He was in the garden (Mat.26:37-39; Mk.14:34; Lk.22:39-44; Jn.18:1-11), or very sick, (2 Sam.12:15). What cure is there for a broken heart?
And I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none . . . all His disciples forsook Him and fled; the priests, scribes and common people that attended Him at the cross, mocked Him; the thieves that were crucified with Him were insufferable to Him; and His FATHER had forsaken Him. There was no one whose heart seemed to be touched with compassion for Him; none who pitied Him, just a few women stood afar off and grieved (Mk.15:40; Lk.23:49).
*****JESUS felt that He was utterly forsaken by mankind. No one had any pity on Him. He was totally alone on that cross. There is no feeling of desolation like that.
Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (KJV)
They gave me also gall for my meat . . . either some bitter herb such as wormwood and hemlock (Deut.29:18); or the poison of some serpents (Deut.32:33). This was literally fulfilled in CHRIST (Mat.27:34). Instead of having pity on Him and showing Him comfort which He certainly needed, they viciously added to His troubles.
And in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink . . . when CHRIST was on the cross, He was thirsty, caused by a fever that usually was present to persons being crucified (Ps.22:15), and that this Scripture might be fulfilled, He showed it, saying, I thirst (Jn.19:28), upon which vinegar was given to Him, as all the Gospel writers relate (Mat.27:48; Mk.15:36; Lk.23:36; Jn.19: 29-30). This shows us the Truth of CHRIST'S human nature; that He did have a true and real body that He assumed, which, like us, did get hungry and thirsty, and was sustained by food and drink, just as our bodies are.
*****Since such a tiny incident as this, predicted many hundred years ago, should, after so long a time, be exactly fulfilled; and also the Truth of the MESSIAHSHIP of JESUS, in whom this, and everything else said about the MESSIAH, in the Law, the Prophets and the Book of Psalms, were FULLY accomplished to the letter; and therefore it should be strongly established that this is HE, of Whom they spoke. What is more, this also expresses the cold-heartedness cruelty of the enemies of CHRIST, to use Him in this blasphemous, degrading and wicked manner, when He was suffering and dying. Dear one, if this would have happened in our day, people would do the SAME thing!
Call for Judgment (69:22-28)
These are prophecies of the destruction of CHRIST'S persecutors. Ps 69:22-23 are applied to the judgments of GOD upon the unbelieving Jews (Rom.11:9-10). These oaths are prophecies of the destruction of CHRIST'S persecutors, especially the Jewish nation, which our LORD Himself foretold with tears, and which was accomplished about forty years after the death of CHRIST (Mat.24:1-2; Mk.13:1-2; Lk.21:5-6). The rejection of the Jews for rejecting CHRIST, was a warning sign of GOD'S justice and an earnest (a down payment) of the vengeance which GOD will at last take on ALL that are stubborn in their unfaithfulness to CHRIST JESUS. One great objection with the Jews against CHRIST at first, was that it set aside the ceremonial law; but His doing so was effectually justified, and that objection removed, when GOD remarkably set it aside by the utter destruction of the Temple.
When the lusts of life and delights of sense, through the corruption of our nature, are made food and fuel of sin, then our table is a snare. The Jews’ sin was that they shut their eyes against the light, loving darkness instead (Jn.3:19); so their punishment was, that they would NOT see, but should be given up to their own hearts' lusts which had hardened them (2 Thes.2:11-12). Any who reject GOD'S great salvation offered to them, should rightly fear that His anger will be poured out upon them. If people insist on sin, the LORD will consider it on Judgment Day. BUT . . . those who have cast away sin, can indeed find mercy, through the righteousness of the MEDIATOR. The Lord GOD does NOT shut out anyone from the righteousness of CHRIST no matter how much sin there was in their life, or how bad the sin was! The Gospel excludes only those, who by unbelief, shut themselves out . . . those who are proud, self-sufficient and self-willed. It is only these that refuse to come in to the righteousness of CHRIST, which shall have their doom in the pits of Hell. They themselves decide it.
Whatever deep waters of affliction or temptation we may sink into, whatever floods of trouble or ungodly men seem ready to overwhelm us, let us persevere in prayer to our Lord JESUS to save us. The signs of GOD'S favor to us are enough to keep our spirits from sinking in the deepest outward troubles. And if at any time we are called on to suffer reproach and shame, for CHRIST'S sake, the end result will be comfort and peace.
The sufferings of CHRIST are here particularly foretold, which proves the Scripture to be the Holy Word of God; and how exactly these predictions were fulfilled in JESUS CHRIST, which proves that HE IS the MESSIAH. The vinegar and the gall given to Him, are just a faint symbol of that bitter cup which He drank . . . that we might drink the cup of salvation He made possible for us! We cannot expect too much from men, miserable comforters that they all are; BUT we can never expect too much from the GOD of all comfort and consolation (2 Cor.1:3-4).
Psalm 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. (KJV)
Let their table become a snare before them . . . this and the following insulting oaths were not the effects of an essence of private revenge; of which CHRIST prayed, but the reverse who prayed for His enemies, while they were using Him as above related verse 21 . . . but they are prophecies of what should be, being delivered under the inspiration of the HOLY SPIRIT (Acts 1:16). Let their table become a snare . . . the oaths here and in the following verses should be considered in the future tense, because they predict what shall happen. The LORD prophesies that the evils which they had inflicted on Him, would be visited on themselves; that as they had made Him eat, drink, labor and suffer, so GOD would in His wrath treat them.
The Targum says: let their table, which they prepared before me, that I might eat before them, be for a snare. Meaning a table spread with vinegar and gall. Of the symbolic sense of these words (Rom.11:9-10), where the apostle Paul quotes this Passage, and applies it to the enemies of CHRIST.
And that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap . . . for their welfare means both to be at peace and to recompense, so this is interpreted differently. Some think the peace offerings are meant (Ex.24:5). The Targum is, let their sacrifices be for a trap, or stumbling block. The Jews trusted in sacrifices for the atonement of sin: and so neglected the once for all (Heb.10:10) atoning Sacrifice of CHRIST, and His righteousness (1 Cor.1:30); which was the stumbling block at which they stumbled (Rom.4:16; 9:32; 10:3; 1 Cor.1:23), and the trap into which they fell, and was their ruin. While they were eating the sacrifice of the Passover, they were surrounded by the Roman army, and taken as birds in a net, and as beasts in a trap. But the apostle Paul taught to render the word for a recompense (Rom.11:9; as the word, differently pointed, and is in (Isa.34:8). The true meaning of the whole seems to be: let the same food be set on their tables, they gave to CHRIST, and let their table become a trap.
Psalm 69:23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. (KJV)
Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not . . . not the eyes of their bodies; but the eyes of their mind, their understanding; which were so darkened, and they had given up to such legal blindness, that they could not distinguish the signs of the times that the MESSIAH had come. Daniel's weeks being up (Dan 9:25-27); they could not see any glory, excellency and comeliness in CHRIST (Isa.53:2). They could not see the proof that JESUS was the MESSIAH in the miracles He performed; nor in the many prophecies of the Old Testament fulfilled in Him.
The Gospel and its doctrines were hidden from them, even from the wise and prudent among them; yea, also they were blinded and obsessed by the things which belonged to their temporal peace; they could not see what was for their eternal good and happiness. Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? (KJV)
Romans 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (KJV) . . . Their eyes shall be darkened, the darkness being that of stubbornness. Men become blinded by evil desire, passion and prejudice, and in this state rush madly on to ruin, while GOD in the meantime withdraws His SPIRIT in judgment (Rom.1:21-26; 2 Thes.2:9-12). BEWARE!!!
And make their loins continually to shake . . . the loins is where a man's strength lies, that they may not be able to rise up against their enemies; and that they might not be able to flee and escape from them (Deut.33:11); or fill them with horror, dread, and trembling, as they will be when CHRIST shall come in the clouds of Heaven (1 Thes.4:17; Rev.1:7); and they shall see Him whom they have pierced (Zec.12:10; Rev.1:7). The apostle Paul renders the words bow down their back alway (Rom.11:10). Their loins shake through fear and anxiety, not knowing whom to trust. But this is a fear that shall never end in peace, but shall make their loins continually shake, through horror of conscience. This was fulfilled in the desperate counsels of the Jews when the Romans came upon them.
Psalm 69:24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. (KJV)
Pour out thine indignation upon them . . . not just a few drops, but a flood of wrath, sweeping away and bearing down all before it; which was done when wrath came upon them to the uttermost, in the destruction of their city, temple, and nation (1 Thes.2:14-16).
Let thy wrathful anger take hold of them . . . the burning of Thy wrath, the glow of anger; burning wrath (Num.25:3-5; 32:14; 1 Sam.28:18-19). It means the severity of GOD towards them; the fierceness and fury of His wrath upon them; and that their destruction would be inevitable, and an entire and utter one. The Jews would be punished them for their sins. Take hold of them . . . seize them; overtake them when they tried to escape.
Psalm 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. (KJV)
Let their habitation be desolate . . . this is applied to Judas (Acts 1:20); but does not exclude others; for it must be understood of the habitations of others; including their princes and nobles, their chief magistrates, high priest and other priests, scribes and doctors of the law. Habitation may be rendered their palace or castle, as it is by some; and may mean the houses of their principal men, the members of their Sanhedrim; houses great and fair, of which there were many in Jerusalem when it was destroyed (Isa.5:9); as well as the habitations of the common sort of people . . . ALL of which became desolate at that time; and above all their House of worship, the Temple, which was like a palace or castle, built on a mountain. This too was left desolate, exactly as our Lord JESUS foretold it would be (Mat.23:3-38).
And let none dwell in their tents. . . the city of Jerusalem was completely destroyed, not a house was left standing in it, nor an inhabitant left. It was laid even with the ground, ploughed up, and not one stone left upon another. Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. (KJV) . . . (Mat.24:2; Mk.13:2; Lk.21:6). Let their habitation be desolate: (Isa.5:9-10; 6:11-12; 17:9; 25:2; 27:10; 64:10; Jer.26:6, 18; 33:12; Lam.1:4; 2:5-9, 18; Eze.36:4; Mic.3:12; Lk.19:43-44; 21:20-24; Acts 1:20).
*****Their table shall become a snare; their eyes shall be darkened; Thou wilt pour out thine indignation upon them; Thy wrathful anger shall take hold of them; their habitation shall be desolate, and none shall dwell in their tents. The Jews, the enemies of CHRIST, had all these things fulfilled when the Romans came upon them.
Psalm 69:26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. (KJV)
For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten . . . meaning the MESSIAH, Who was not only smitten and scourged by men, but was stricken and smitten of GOD (Isa.53:4); according to His determinate counsel and foreknowledge (Acts 2:23), and agreeing to His will, with the rod of His justice for the satisfaction of it; for the sins of His people, whose Surety He was. Him the Jews chased after with criticisms and slanders; pursued after His life, and persecuted Him unto His death . . . which was the cause of their ruin and destruction (Mat.23:31-35; 1 Thes.2:15). Instead of pitying the ONE Who was afflicted of GOD, or showing mercy to Him, they add to His sorrows by their own oppressions.
And they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded . . . or of Thy wounded ones, not wounded by Him, but wounded for His sake, on His account, and for their profession of faith in His Son JESUS CHRIST. These, as they were led to the slaughter, had trials of cruel mockings, which aggravated their sufferings, and were very grieving to them; especially such talk as reflected upon their precious REDEEMER, for whose sake they suffered or were put to death (Acts 4:1-19; 6:11-14; 7:51-60; 9:21-25, 30; 14:1-7; 17:10, 14; Rev.1:9).
Psalm 69:27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. (KJV)
Add iniquity to their iniquity . . . let them alone in sin; allow them to go on in it; lay no restraints on them; put no stops in their way; let them continue from one evil to another until they fall into condemnation (Jn.3:19-20) . . . for their natural and learned hardness of heart, make them do things that are not right, and they shall be damned (Mat.16:16; Rom.14:23; 2 Thes.2:12). Do not let them stop at the crucifixion of the MESSIAH, but allow then to go on to persecute His apostles and followers; revealing the supreme spite and malice against the Christian religion. Allow them to embrace false Christs, and blaspheme the One and Only TRUE One, let them believe the greatest lies and falsehoods, and commit obscene actions, such as: seditions, rapines, murders, etc. as they did while Jerusalem was besieged; that they may fill up the measure of their sins, that wrath may come upon them to the uttermost. Iniquity sometimes means punishment (Gen.4:13); and according to this sense of it, it may be differently rendered, give punishment for their iniquity. Punish them according to their deserts, as their sins and iniquities require (Ps.1:5-6; Rom.1:28; Tit.1:16).
Psalm 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. (KJV)
Let them be blotted out of the book of life . . . some understand this list of living saints; of their being not written among the living in Jerusalem, or in the writing of the house of Israel (Isa.4:3). This is the book of divine predestination or election, often called the book of life in the New Testament; in which the names of some persons are written, and others not. The book of life is none other than GOD'S ordination or fore appointment of men to eternal life; which being called a book, and names written in it, show that election is personal or particular. The precise knowledge GOD has of His chosen ones; His great care of them, His value of them; His endless remembrance of them, and the certainty of their salvation . . . for the ones whose names are written here can never be blotted out . . . for that would disagree to the unchangeableness of GOD (Mal.3:6; Heb.6:18; 13:8; Jam.1:17), the firmness of His purposes, and the safety of His people. Book of life, many prophets refer to this Book, including Moses, David, the Apostle John, Paul and Jesus Himself: (Ex.32:32-33; Ps.69:28; 87:6; Dan.12:1; Lk.10:20; Phil.4:3; Rev.3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19).
And not be written with the righteous . . . persecutors of, or rejecters of CHRIST shall NOT be written with the righteous in the book of life with them . . . so it seems that to be blotted out, and not be written, are the same. Since they are wicked, they shall so be regarded. Let them be reckoned and treated as they are. Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
*****Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (KJV) . . . No veil can hide us from GOD; not the thickest darkness. No mask can save any person or action from being seen in the true light by Him. His Eyes saw my unformed substance in my mother’s womb. And in His Book were written all the days of my life before they ever took shape, when as yet there was none of them! Have you ever really considered this?
The word for substance indicates the bottom of a ball of yarn wound up, or any small or unformed part; and means that form of matter separated in the womb, containing all the essentials of the human body, but not yet distinguished into any form or order . . . yet, even when in this state, the Eyes of the LORD see it and all its parts clearly. In the book of GOD'S wise, eternal mind, the plan of the human body was drawn, all the parts of it described, and their form, places and uses fixed, even when as yet not one of them was in actual being. But, in due time they are all exactly formed and fashioned according to the model of them in the Mind of GOD; for He has perfect knowledge of us before . . . because they were written down in a book before Him. Not only each of the members of the body were put down in this book, but each of the days in which they would be formed and come into order . . . when as yet, there was none of them. Have you ever really thought about this amazing fact? It is far too much for my mind to consider, but I know it is true.
My comment: Anyone who aborts their child, aborts this substance, yet being unperfect, and is killing an innocent child and are in serious danger with Almighty GOD! BEWARE!!!
There is a book of life for those who are saved, and if your name is in it, it is there to stay. There is also the book of remembrance or works (Ex.32:32; Ps.56:8; 69:28; 139:16; Dan.7:10; 12:1-2; Mal.3:16-18; Rev.17:8; 20:11-15). It would seem that possibly the blotting out (69:28), has to do with the works of the person who is already saved. There is no suggestion whatsoever, of a name ever being blotted out of the book of life. Once you are recorded, you are there to stay.
Psalm 69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. (KJV)
But I am poor and sorrowful . . . I am afflicted and suffering, the word here rendered poor often means afflicted. The MESSIAH was poor and lowly in a literal sense, as it was foretold He would be (Zec.9:9; Jn.12:14-16); and so He was in His private life; born of poor parents, and brought up in a meager way: and in His public life, having no certain dwelling place (Mat.8:20; Lk.9:58), and ministered to by others (Lk.10:38-42; Jn.12:2); and when on the cross, being stripped of His garments; and nothing to eat and drink but gall and vinegar; and nothing to leave to His mother, but commits her to the care of His beloved disciple (Jn.19:26-27).
Let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high . . . meaning either the salvation of the LORD'S people, so called, because it was the determined counsel of GOD (Acts 4:27), and appointed by Him and is why He sent His only begotten SON (Jn.3:16) to put His one and only Plan of salvation into effect (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12) . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.hisservants.org/truth_about_salvation_h_s.htm
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
There is NO other Name under Heaven that can save you.
#1. The law CANNOT save you!
#2. Religion CANNOT save you!
#3. NO ceremony, rite or ritual can save you!
#4. Baptism CANNOT save you!
#5. NO Work can save you.
#6. Heritage CANNOT save you.
#7. NO amount of money can buy salvation. It is FREE to ALL who believe! (Eph.2:8-9; Rom.3:24; 6:23).
One and only ONE alone, the Name of JESUS can save you. JESUS is the Name of that Person who came down to this Earth to save His people from their sins. When any person, whosoever, comes to Him in faith, that person is saved. There is NO other place or person to turn to for salvation. If you want eternal life in Heaven, you must go to JESUS!
Of the long history of this world, and all the religions of the world, and all the doctrines of these religions, NOT one of them can offer a SURE salvation! There is none other name under heaven whereby you can be saved. GOD says so in His Holy Word! If you come to Him, if you trust Christ, then you are saved. That guarantees your salvation. (John 20:31; 1 John 5:13). You either believe the Bible or you don't! Which are you?
O God, set me up on high . . . the Lord JESUS prays for GOD’S help to raise Him from His low condition, and exalt Him to a place of safety.
*****Although this phrase: I am poor and sorrowful, in general may mean the low estate of CHRIST in His humiliation, being in the form of a servant (Isa.42:1; 52:13; 53;12; Phip.2:7), humbled and obedient to death (Phil.2:8), and the character of sorrowful well agrees with Him, for He was a Man of sorrows (Isa.53:3) all His days; and in the garden His soul was exceeding sorrowful, even unto death (Mat.26:38) and when on the cross He had abundant sorrow . . . with the sins of His people on Him, the scorns and jeers of His enemies; the pains His Body endured (Ps.22:17; Isa.52:14), His feeling the wrath of GOD, the beatings of His Face (Lk.22:64), and the curses and lies of His purity and righteousness (Ps.59:12; Mat.27:63; Lk.23:2; Jn.7:12).
Psalm 69 Closes with Joy and Praise (69:30-36)
This Psalm ends with joy and praise, which began with complaints of His grief. It should be a great comfort to us, that humble and thankful praises are more pleasing to GOD than the most costly, impressive sacrifices. The humble person can look to GOD and be glad, knowing that He hears our every prayer. ALL those who seek GOD the FATHER, through JESUS CHRIST, His SON, shall live in peace and comfort. God will do great things for His people, and it is with this thought that we should rejoice!
We should be able to praise GOD, even in the midst of severe suffering, because GOD is a GOD of love (1 Jn.4:8). God really does love us and wants a close relationship with us, and wants our deep heart-felt praise and is not impressed one iota with any outward sacrifices. You can be as poor as a beggar on the street (Lk.16:19-23), and you have a much better chance of obtaining eternal life in Heaven, than the richest man in the world.
Matthew 19:23-24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch19.html
Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/mark_ch10.html
Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (KJV)
Luke 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/luke_ch18.htm
Do you SEE the wisdom of GOD? He makes salvation possible for poorest, the weakest, the least educated, those that are sick or are deformed in some way, those whom are looked down on by our present day culture, etc.. All those who will humble themselves and believe GOD (1 Jn.5:10-12), and accept what His SON did on the cross for them (Jn.3:15-18, 36) are accepted by GOD as His children.
In spite of our suffering and even with the trials that come in life, we know that we have our home in Zion, the city of the living GOD. GOD will continue to bless us, continue to love us, and continue to help us, and continue to save us IF we continue to praise the LORD our GOD. We have been given a rich inheritance and a great privilege to dwell with Almighty GOD!
John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV)
1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (KJV) . . . THANK YOU FATHER!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. (KJV)
I will praise the name of God with a song . . . the Name of GOD is HE Himself, His perfections and His marvelous qualities; which are to be praised by all His creatures, especially His saints; and here by the MESSIAH, who had sung the praises of GOD with His disciples at the supper, a little before His death (Mat.26:30; Mk.14:26); and in the great congregation in Heaven, upon His ascension there, having finished the great work of man's redemption (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69;
Acts 2:33; 7:55-56). There was no lessening of JESUS’ glory, as MEDIATOR, to pray to GOD when He was on Earth, (Ps.22:22).
And will magnify him with thanksgiving . . . magnify means to make great; but GOD cannot be greater than He is. He is greater than all the gods. But He is magnified when His greatness is owned and declared by us, and that greatness ascribed to Him, especially when a thank-you is given to Him for favors; for then He is acknowledged by men to be the FATHER of mercies (2 Cor.1:3), the Author and Giver of mercies! With thanksgiving, we should openly express our thanks to Him to make His Name be known far and wide.
Psalm 69:31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. (KJV)
This also shall please the LORD . . . meaning this song of praise and thanksgiving. The Targum is: my prayers; as if it responded to 69:29. This would be much more acceptable to GOD than any of the legal sacrifices, even when they were in force; and much more, now they are repealed; and especially as offered up by the MESSIAH Himself, all whose offerings are well pleasing to GOD; above all the offering up of Himself, which was for a sweet smelling savor to Him, and in virtue of which all spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise become acceptable unto God (Heb.13:15).
Better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs . . . meaning better that the best of legal sacrifices (Ps.50:14, 23; Hos.14:2; Heb.10:4; 13:15).
Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. (KJV)
The humble shall see this, and be glad . . . the humble are meek and lowly (Mat.11:29-30). The poor, the needy, the oppressed and the sad, shall be made acquainted with what has been done in My behalf, and shall take courage, or be strengthened. They will learn to trust that GOD will also intervene on behalf of their troubles, and bring them out of their distress.
The resurrection and exaltation of CHRIST (69:29); the meek and humble followers of CHRIST, as His disciples were, saw Him risen from the dead (Jn.21:14), saw Him alive to whom He showed Himself for forty days after His resurrection (Acts 1:3). They saw His Hands and Feet and His Side, and the scars of the nails and spear in them. They saw Him go up to Heaven (Acts 1:6-8), to be set at the right hand of GOD. Humble believers now see their REDEEMER by faith, crowned with honor and glory; and as the disciples were glad and rejoiced when they saw Him again (Jn.20:20), and too, when He was parted from them and went up to Heaven, so too, TRUE believers in CHRIST, who have a spiritual sight of a risen, ascended and exalted SAVIOUR, are glad, and rejoice in Him with joy unspeakable, and full of glory (1 Pet.1:8). They rejoice in the righteousness He has brought in, in the atonement that He has made, and in the salvation that He has wrought, for which they are grateful.
And your heart shall live that seek God . . . those who seek His Face and favor, His gracious Presence, and spiritual fellowship with Him, by prayer and appeals, blessings from GOD; that seek Him in CHRIST. The hearts of those revived from spiritual death, who were as dead men before, as were the two disciples travelling to Emmaus, when they found that Christ was risen (Lk.24:17-21); just as the spirit of old Jacob revived, when he understood that his son Joseph was alive (Gen.45:27-28; Ps.22:26). Those that that seek GOD shall live, they shall be animated, comforted, encouraged, revived and strengthened.
Psalm 69:33 For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. (KJV)
For the LORD heareth the poor . . . the poor, the needy; the humble; the unprotected, those who are in need and distress. The Truth stated here agrees with all that is said in the Scriptures (Job 5:15; Ps.3:4; 34:6, 17-19; 10:17; Ps.12:5; Ps.35:10; 40:17; Ps.66:16-20; 68:10). The prayer of the poor, the poor disciples of CHRIST, who were together mourning, weeping, and praying, when their LORD was dead, and laid in the sepulcher (Mk.16:10), this agrees with all the followers of CHRIST, who for the most part are poor, and all of them are so in a spiritual way; they are poor in spirit (Mat.5:3) and know it, they are full of needs, so they persist in going to the throne of grace for help in time of need . . . the LORD looks to them, His Eye is on them, His Heart goes out to them, His Ears are open to their cries, and He is ready to supply their needs.
And despiseth not his prisoners . . . the same disciples of CHRIST; who being assembled together, the doors were shut for fear of the Jews (Mk.16:14; Lk.24:36-49; Jn.20:19, 26; 1 Cor.15:5). This could be applied to anyone who is the LORD'S prisoners; that is, for His sake, in a literal sense, as the apostle Paul is called the prisoner of the LORD (Lk.21:12; Acts 21:33; 26:29; 28:17-20; 2 Cor.11:23; Eph.3:1; 4:1; 6:20; Phil.1:7, 13-16; Col.1:24; 4:3, 18; 2 Tim.1:8, 16; 2:9; Phm.1:1, 9; Rev.2:10), for there were many, both in the Old and New Testaments, that suffered imprisonment for their profession of Him; and these the LORD does NOT despise but highly esteems and honors . . . even though ungodly men despise them, because they are in their natural state, and spiritually are prisoners of sin and Satan.
Psalm 69:34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. (KJV)
Let the heaven and earth praise him . . . meaning ALL things above and all below, are often called upon to do, to express the greatness of the favor enjoyed, and to excite those that are possessed of it to greater joy and thankfulness (Ps.89:7-9; 96:11-13; 103:1, 22; 104:1, 35. 148:1-4), or the inhabitants of the Heavens and Earth may be meant.
The seas, and everything that moveth therein . . . the people who lived on the islands in the seas.
He calls on ALL creatures to praise GOD, the Heaven, the Earth, and the sea, and all that inhabit each of these places. The masses of both Heaven and Earth, were made by Him: (Gen.1:1, 26; Ex.20:11; Job 9:8; 26:7; 38:4-7; Ps.33:6; Ps. 102:25-27; 104:2-5; Isa.42:5; 44:24; 45:12; 48:13; 51:13; Jer.51:15; Zec.12:1; Jn.1:1-3, 10; Eph.3:9; Col.1:16-17; Heb.1:2-3,10-12; 3:3-4; 11:3; 2 Pet.3:5; Rev.4:11). And everything that moveth therein (Psalm 148; Isa.55:12).
Psalm 69:35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. (KJV)
For God will save Zion . . . the Gospel church is often called Zion (Joel 2:32; Heb.12:22-24; Rev.14:1). This is to be understood not so much of the salvation of the people of GOD by CHRIST, from sin and Satan, and the world, law, Hell and death . . . as of the preservation and continuance of the Gospel church, aside from all the opposition and persecution of the Jews and Gentiles; and especially of the deliverance of the LORD'S people, in the latter day from the bondage, captivity and cruelty, of the Antichrist, by the destruction of him (Rev.20:8-10); which will bring about great joy and praise to the MESSIAH! For God will save Zion . . . GOD would not forsake His people, but would intervene in their behalf.
And will build the cities of Judah . . . build Gospel churches in the Roman empire, and in the several parts of the world; as there were in the first times of the Gospel . . . there shall be in the latter day, when the cities of GOD shall be spread abroad through prosperity (Zec.1:17); of which the saints are citizens, and shall enjoy in them there, the many privileges and protections. These cities are said to be built, when they are built upon CHRIST, and on their faith in Him. The members of these cities are edified and multiplied when the purity of their faith, their obedience and worship is victorious among them (Ps.127:1).
That they may dwell there, and have it in possession . . . the men of Judah that confess the Name of CHRIST, those who truly believe in Him with their hearts; shall have a name and a place, and an abiding inheritance in the churches. They shall never go out, but dwell in the house of GOD forever! That they may dwell there . . . that His people may dwell there according to the ancient Promise, that He would protect His people, and that all His Promises to them would be fulfilled. Dear one, GOD does NOT lie (Mal.3:6; Tit.1:2; Heb.6:17-18; Jam.1:17).
*****God will save Zion . . . this fixes this Psalm to the time of the captivity, for there was no Zion belonging to the Jews in the time of Saul, when those suppose the Psalm to be written who make David the author; for David after he came to the throne, won the stronghold of Zion from the Jebusites (2 Sam.5:7; 1 Chron.11:5). Will build the cities of Judah . . . this refers to the Jews return from the captivity, when all the destroyed cities would be rebuilt, and the Jews repossess their lost heritages. Some apply this to the redemption of the human race; and suppose that Zion is the type of the Christian Church into which the Gentiles were to be called (Gal.3:26-29). What the apostles and evangelists apply to our LORD, we also may do.
Psalm 69:36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein. (KJV)
The seed also of his servants shall inherit it . . . not their natural seed, but their spiritual seed, or a succession of converts in the churches (Ps.45:16-17); who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of GOD (Gal.3:26-29); not of corruptible, but incorruptible seed, by the word of God, which abideth for ever (1 Pet.1:23). These shall be the proper and rightful inheritors of the Gospel church and all its privileges, in all successive generations, right down to the New Jerusalem church, where only righteous persons dwell, and whose names are in the Lamb's book of life (Ex.32:32-33; Ps.69:28; 87:6; Dan.12:1; Lk.10:20; Phil.4:3; Rev.3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12, 15; 21:27; 22:19).
And they that love his name shall dwell therein . . . they that love the Person, JESUS CHRIST, His Gospel, His Truths and ordinances (Song 1:2-3); these shall have an abiding place in Zion, the church of GOD; in the cities of Judah, and in the city of the New Jerusalem, where the Tabernacle of GOD is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their GOD (Rev.21:3). Dear one, only they that love Him and His Name, and obey Him, are His true friends (Jn.15:14-15).
*****Verses 69:34-36, call on the entire Universe for praise, and is well backed up by the prediction of the perpetual and extended blessings which shall come upon the covenant-people of GOD. Although, the imagery is taken from terms used of Palestine, the whole tone of the situation indicates that the spiritual privileges and blessings of the Church are meant. It is only natural that if we love and worship GOD, we should offer praise and thanksgiving to Him! Do YOU love the Name of JESUS, Who is our GOD and SAVIOUR? Do you praise and thank Him for all He has done for you? Consider the following:
When I Consider
When I consider, Christ has always been,
And His greatest desire, is souls to win.
Precious Jesus, You are God Almighty,
Wanting all to have, life eternally!
When I think He left Heav’n, so willingly,
Knowing what lay ahead, was agony.
He came, knowing He would suffer and die,
Yet the Father’s wish, He would not deny!
When I really think, of Gethsemane,
And how He suffered, mental misery.
He knew that the cross, was the only way,
He had to be the Sacrifice, that day!
I think of the high priests, who condemned Him,
A horrible thing, to satisfy their whim.
Also false witnesses, stood up and lied,
Paving the way for Him, to be crucified!
I think of the crowd, that laughed Him to scorn,
They one day shall regret, that they were born.
Be not far from Me, for trouble is near,
There was none to help, in His time of fear!
His Hands and Feet, to the cross they did nail,
Their Messiah, these vile people did fail.
They rejoiced, and mocked Him in glee,
Feeling no remorse, for His agony!
When I consider, what He did for me,
His Sacrifice brought, life eternally.
Faith in Your precious Blood, does justify,
All who accept You Jesus, and not deny!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer May 30, 2017 #1401
Jn.1:1; Lk.22:39-44; Mat.27:22 46; Mk.15:10-15; Jn.19:15; Ps.22:7,11,16-17; 69:4,7-8,14-20.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Consider the following:
#1. Christ would be rejected by His own people. Ps.69:8; Isa.53:3; Jn.1:11; 7:5
#2. Christ would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Ps.110:4; Heb.5:5-6
#3. Christ would be called King. Ps.2:6; Zec.9:9; Mat.27:37; Mk.11:7-11
#4. Christ would be praised by little children. Ps.8:2; Mat.21:16
#5.Christ would be betrayed. Ps.41:9; Zec.11:12-13; Mat.26:14-16; Lk.22:47-48
#6. Christ's price money would be used to buy a potter's field.Zec.11:12-13; Mat.27:9-10
#7. Christ would be falsely accused. Ps.35:11; Mk.14:57-58
#8. Christ would be silent before his accusers. Isa.53:7; Mat.26:63; 27;12-14; Mk.14:61; 15:5; Lk.23:9; Jn.19:9; 1 Pet.2:23
#9. Christ would be beaten, spat upon and struck. Isa.50:6; Mat.26:67; Mk.14:65; 15:19; Lu.22:63-64; Jn.18:22
#10. Christ would be hated without cause. Ps.35:19; 69:4; 109:3; Jn.15:25
#11. Christ would be crucified with criminals. Isa.53:12; Mat.27:38; Mk.15:27-28; Lk.22:37; 23:25
#12. Christ would be given vinegar to drink. Ps.69:21; Mat.27:34; Mk.15:28; Lk.22:37; 23:25, 32-33; Jn.19:28-30
#13. Christ's hands and feet would be pierced. Ps.22:16; Zec.12:10; Mat.27:35; Mk.15:24; Lk.23:33; Jn.19:23, 37; 20:25-27. They pierced my hands and my feet refers to the crucifixion of Christ. There simply cannot be another meaning, for nothing else would make any sense at all.
#14. Christ would be mocked and ridiculed. Ps.22:7-8; 109:25; Mat.27:29-30; Mk.15:19-20, 36; Lk.23:11, 35-37; Jn.19:28-30
#15. Soldiers would gamble for Christ's garments. Ps.22:18; Mat.27:35-36; Mk.15:24; Lk.23:34; Jn.19:23-24
#16. Christ’s was beaten so terribly that His bones were revealed. Ps.22:17; 102:5; Isa.52:14; Job 33:21-22. The Lord Jesus suffered dreadful humiliation and shocking blows. The above verses state the terrible treatment Jesus suffered at the hands of the Romans because the Jews insisted they CRUCIFY HIM! Luke 23:21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. (KJV)
#17. None of Christ's bones would not be broken. Ex.12:46; Ps.34:20; Jn.19:33-36
#18. Christ would be forsaken by God. Ps.22:1; Mat.27:46
#19. Christ would pray for His enemies. Ps.109:4; Lk.23:34
#20. Soldiers would pierce Christ's side. Zec.12:10; Jn.19:34
Christ would be buried with the rich. Isa.53:9; Mat.27:57-60; Mk.15:43-46; Lk.23:50-53; Jn.19:36-42; 1 Cor.15:4
#21. Christ would be resurrected from the dead. Ps.16:10; 49:15; Mat.28:2-7; Acts 2:22-32.
#22. Christ would ascend to Heaven. Ps.24:7-10; Mk.16:19; Lk.24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11
#23. Christ would be seated at God's right hand. Ps.68:18; 110:1; Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69
#24. Christ would be a Sacrifice for sin. Isa.53:5-12; Rom.5:6-8
The life of the flesh is in the Blood of Christ.
The meaning of the Christ . . . Lev.17:11
Redemption through His precious Blood . . . 1 Pet.1:18-19
Forgiveness is through the Blood of Christ . . . Eph.1:7
Justification is through the Blood of Christ . . . Rom.5:1, 9
Peace is through the Blood of Christ . . . Col.1:20
Cleansing through the Blood of Christ . . . 1 John 1:7
Loosing from sin through the Blood of Christ . . . Rev.1:5
Enter the Holy Place by the Blood of Christ . . . Heb.10:19
Victory through the Blood of Christ . . . Rev.12:11
Glory everlasting through the Blood of Christ . . . Rev.7:14-15
Does the precious Blood of Christ Jesus mean all this to you? Pouring out His Blood was pouring out His life so that all these things could be yours. That was the joy set before Him. THANK YOU JESUS!
Psalm 69 prophecies Fulfilled in New Testament
#1. Hated without a cause. Psalm 69:4 They 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. (KJV) Psalm 109:3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. (KJV) Psalm 119:161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. (KJV) Fulfilled: John 15:25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (KJV)
#2. A stranger to own brethren. Psalm 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. (KJV) Fulfilled: John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. (KJV) John 7:5For neither did his brethren believe in him. (KJV)
#3. Zealous for the Lord's House. Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. (KJV) Psalm 119:139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. (KJV) Fulfilled: Mark 11:15-17 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. (KJV)
John 2:14-17 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. (KJV)
#4. Messiah's anguish of soul before crucifixion. Psalm 69:14-20 (Deliver 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. 15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. 17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. 18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. 19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. 20 Reproach 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. (KJV) Fulfilled: Matthew 26:36-45 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me. (KJV)
#4. My soul is exceeding sorrowful. Psalm 69:20 Reproach 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. (KJV) Fulfilled: Matthew 26:38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. (KJV)
#5. Given vinegar in thirst. Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (KJV) Fulfilled: Matthew 27:34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. (KJV) Mark 15:23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. (KJV) John 19:28-30 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (KJV)
#6. The Saviour given and smitten by God. Psalm 69:26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. (KJV) Fulfilled: John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (KJV) John 18:11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? (KJV)
PSALM 69 (MESSIAH’S Zeal) A. Parts of this Psalm is quoted several times (69:4,8,9,21,25; John 2:12-17; 7:5; 15:25; Mat 27:48; Acts 1:20). B. The Innocent died for the rebel . . . JESUS was hated without a cause and without a charge (John 15:25). C. Are you one of the few, unlike even His brethren, who believe on Him against the world (John 7:5)? D. Yet, as we once did not believe, even so those unbelieving brothers soon followed Him (Acts 1:14). E. Is your zeal for God’s house comparable to Him Who loved you and died for you (John 2:12-17)?
What is Imprecatory Psalm?
Some Imprecatory Psalms: (Ps. 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 79, 83, 109, 140).
Imprecatory Psalms are Psalms that contain curses or prayers for the punishment of the psalmist's enemies. To imprecate means to invoke evil upon, or curse. All the above contain prayers for GOD'S judgment on the psalmist's enemies. Example imprecatory prayers from the Psalms follow:
Psalm 5:10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee. (KJV0
Psalm 10:15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none. (KJV)
Psalm 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: (KJV)
Psalm 35:5-37 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them. 7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. (KJV)
Psalm 58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. (KJV)
Psalm 59:13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. (KJV)
Psalm 69:22-28 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. 24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. 25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. 26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. 27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. (KJV)
Psalm 79:6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name. (KJV)
Psalm 83:13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. 14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; 15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. (KJV)
Psalm 109:7-10 When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
Psa 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. 9 Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. (KJV)
Psalm 140:10-11 Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again. 11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. (KJV)
Difficulties arise as attempts are made to harmonize the imprecatory attitude of the Psalms with the Lord JESUS’ teaching that one should love our enemies (Mat.5:44). Consider that there is a kind of hate for sinners, seen as morally corrupt and hostile to GOD, which coexists with pity and a deep down desire for their salvation. There comes a time when such prolonged, hardened, high-handed hatred and hostility toward Almighty GOD, that it may be fitting and right to call down a curse on what they do. It is correct and proper that we pray that CHRIST would vindicate His Holy Name by destroying the enemies of righteousness, just as He preserves those who love, glorify, honor and respect His Name.
The imprecatory Psalms are NOT a matter of personal revenge, but instead prayers of being aware of GOD’S justice and His intolerance for sin. These hard sayings are NOT statements of personal revenge, but prayers of passion for the Kingdom of GOD and His glory. The attacks which motivated these prayers were NOT from personal enemies, but instead were actually attacks against GOD. Any and all attacks against GOD or against His only begotten SON, JESUS, should excite us to know it is wrong; and it is NOT a sin to pray imprecatory prayers.
Some say that JESUS introduced a new law for this dispensation, that being to love our enemies and pray for the welfare of our persecutors (Mat.5:44), and that this is not compatible with imprecatory Psalms of the Old Testament. I disagree. Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (KJV) . . . YES! We are to Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you . . . BUT, when someone hates my Lord JESUS, blasphemes Him with satanic bursts of harassments, mockeries, obscenities and ridicules, there is nothing wrong when I go to GOD in an imprecatory prayer and ask Him to: Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them (Ps.69:24). There is nothing in such a prayer
that in the smallest way questions the Divine authority of the earlier Scriptures.
There are many imprecations in the New Testament:
Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (KJV)
Matthew 26:23-24 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (KJV)
Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (KJV)
Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you. (KJV)
2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)
2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: (KJV)
Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (KJV)
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