Monday, October 10, 2011

A song for Jesus, a song for us - Part 1

The 69th psalm is one of those bits of scripture that speaks, and the echoes of that word carry far into the future. This psalm came from King David, yet it speaks prophetically of Jesus, and we can see ourselves in it as well.

Psalm 69:1-3 KJV - [1] [To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, [A Psalm of David.]] Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. [2] I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. [3] I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

King David was going through a really painful period in his life. Have you ever been there? Sure you have. Have you felt sorrow grip you and pull you down, like being pulled down into quicksand? Have you felt despair choke you? King David was there. He knew the love of God, and yet still went through awful times in life. Some of those times were of his own doing, and he knew he was to blame. That knowledge provided little relief, though. Suffering is suffering regardless of where it came from or who is to blame.

Psalm 69:4 KJV - [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.

This is one of those verses that cross over many areas. King David wrote of his enemies here, and this verse speaks of Jesus also being condemned.

John 15:25 KJV - [25] But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

Maybe you have experienced being hated without a cause. Jesus did.

Psalm 69:5-6 KJV - [5] O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee. [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.

This verse certainly doesn't speak of Jesus but it sure speaks of us. I know my sins are not hidden from the eyes of God. He has seen my foolishness time and time again.

Psalm 69:7-8 KJV - [7] Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. [8] I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.

Now we're back to speaking about Jesus. He took our sins upon himself, bearing our shame upon the cross. Earlier in his life, his brothers tried to get him killed (John 7:1-3). Maybe you have experienced rejection from your own family and friends.

Psalm 69:9 KJV - [9] For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Early in Jesus' ministry, He used a whip and beat the money changers out of the Temple. His disciples remembered this psalm, and it is recorded in the Gospel of John.

John 2:17 KJV - [17] And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Looking back at Psalm 69, we see that Jesus lived a hard life.

Psalm 69:10-12 KJV - [10] When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. [11] I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. [12] They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Jesus was mocked in His day, just as sure as some of you don't want to hear about Him right now. Not all of you, but some. In Jesus' day, alcoholics were making up drinking songs about him, probably remembering fondly when he turned water to wine, or perhaps mocking his mother's insistence that he was born of a virgin. He was the laughingstock of the town to some. And people mock Him to this day. I pray you aren't one of those folks.

Psalm 69:13-15 KJV - [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. [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. [15] Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

Now this is something we can relate with. Deliver me out of the mire. Don't let me drown. Deliver me from my enemies. Keep me from Hell.

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