David faced real persecution and violent enemies. He was aware of his own sins, and experienced weariness. But he knew how to pull out of a dive and regain altitude by singing the praises of God. He found a friend in his relationship with God.
Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. 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. O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. Psalm 69:1-5
David was overwhelmed. He had crisis. We know about war today in Syria and other kinds of spiritual warfare surround us today. Illness, poverty, storms, and crime can bring us low. Active enemies, especially former friends and family are even more destructive to morale. David’s own son Absalom led a revolution against King David.
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. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. Psalm 69:6-10
The enemies of God will turn on the people of God because their arms are too short to reach God. David didn’t want his people to suffer with him. He would take the blame if it would take punishment away from Israel. He is consumed with passion to serve God, and will take the punishment for them. Or was he again channeling the coming messiah?
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. John 2:16-17
After Yeshua whipped the moneychangers in the Temple in the New Testament, his disciples remembered these words. David had foreseen the persecution of his messiah.
I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. 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. 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. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Psalm 69:11-15
David suffers the rejection and persecution of the prophets. Those prophets who followed him would share the fellowship of oppression. Jeremiah would be set in the sewers of the prison and in the mire. He too would see his freedom, as David will too. They had confidence in their salvation.
Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies. Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. 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 Psalm 69:16-20
David can call on God knowing that his nature was to show kindness to man. He confesses the sins that God already knows, and invites deliverance. He will find his comforter.
They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents. Psalm 69:21-25
David is living as a shadow of the messiah to come. He lives experiences not unlike those of Yeshua on the cross. His prayers against the dark spiritual realm may sound a bit like a tribulation wish list. God already has such punishments slated for his enemies so we can focus on keeping ourselves in line. Revelation and Daniel make the future of God’s enemies.
For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous. But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:26-30
Enemies of God persecute the one who God has wounded. They add sorrow to one who was already brought low by God. David prays that these will be removed from the afterlife for their sins. Another prophet will point to the same victim and we begin to see the portrait of our messiah emerge. The Lamb of God was predestinated to death by God but further tormented by his persecutors. David and Isaiah prepared their peers to recognize their king before his arrival. These threads tie our New and Old Testaments together in one continuing design for hope.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4
This is important enough for God to communicate through two different prophets in two different times. David praises God with a song and with thanksgiving. As he composes he is guided by another spirit, who also appears for Isaiah. Praise invites the participation of God.
This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein. Psalm 69:31-36
Can we afford to make an impressive sacrifice for the offering? The collection plate pales in comparison to the heartfelt sacrifice of praise. The rich cannot match the offering of the poor worshiper who meets God in his praise and worship. Creation itself joins our celebration because God has promised to build the city of our sanctuary. The children of faith shall inherit the earth.
Make haste, o god, to deliver me; make haste to help me, o lord. Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying. Psalm 70:1-5
When the media paints the world with Walter White, Vick Mackie, and Frank Underwood, do we buy the despair of our corrupt world? When our friends and family rant agaist our Christian faith are we downcast? Let them be ashamed and bring joy to those who rejoice in Christ. Let God be magnified and praised so he can join us, entering in to our worship and guiding our days. The weak and the poor have the knowledge of God’s personal encouragement. Lord join our worship quickly with your personal help for us.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5:11-12
As David, Isiah, Elijah, and Jerimiah, and Yeshua were persecuted, so you too are honored in heaven when men persecute you for the sake of Yeshua. Rejoice, and give praise to God with the joy of his fellowship.