November 29, 2010 * Psalms 69, 150

Psalter

Morning

Psalm 69:1-15

Psalm 69 is one of the longest petitionary prayers or laments in the Psalter. In the first four verses we hear that the psalmist up to his neck in trouble. He has sunk into the mire and has had the flood sweep over him. In short things are bad and getting worse. In verses 4 and 5 we hear that not only is his life in peril but that he is being accused falsely and that he is hated without cause. The psalmist then begins to speak of hope in spite of the reproach dumped on him for engaging in righteous activity. In verse 9 we hear, “the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” From this, we learn that the reproach the psalmist is receiving is in reality directed at God”

 

As a Christian it is impossible to read this psalm and not think about the cross of Jesus. This psalm could easily be used to interpret the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

 

Have you ever felt as if you were up to your neck in trouble? If you have, did you turn to God or did you turn elsewhere?

 

Psalm 150

Psalm 150 is the last psalm in the Psalter. It is a triumphal invitation to praise God. It also makes it clear that praises to God are meant to be done with the accompaniment of musical instruments. Psalm 150 clearly proclaims the all-encompassing (“Let everything that breathes”) sovereignty of God.

 

Have we praised God as we have been instructed to do?

 

Evening

Psalm 69:16-36

Please read the comments on Psalm 69:1-15 that are found above. The lament of the psalm continues in this portion (verses 16-30). In verses 30-33 we have a transition from complaint or lament to praise. In this psalm we find that to live is to praise God and to praise God is to live. Because of this, even though the psalmist is threatened, he lives and as a consequence he will praise God and continue to pray for the fulfillment of god’s will. The psalmist entrust his life and future to God. The last three verses (34-36) anticipate the promise of new life.

 

As Christians we know this promised new life came with the advent of Jesus and is to be fulfilled with his promised Second Coming. This psalm lays out a peculiar response to suffering and persecution in our world; praise of God that leads into hope of redemption.

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