Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 10, 2017

Psalms — Psalm 69 – Despair!

Day 2671: TGIF – Thank God I’m Forgiven!

Scripture: Deliver me, God, because the waters are up to my neck. I am sinking in deep mire, and there is no solid ground. I have come into deep water, and the flood overwhelms me. I am exhausted from calling for help. My throat is parched. My eyes are strained from looking for God. 

Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head. My persecutors are mighty, and they want to destroy me. Do not let those who look up to You be ashamed because of me, Lord God of the Heavenly Armies. Let not those who seek You be humiliated because of me, God of Israel.

I am a stranger to my brothers, a foreigner to my mother’s sons. Zeal for Your house consumes me, and the mockeries of those who insult You fall on me. I weep and fast, and I am mocked for it. When I dressed in sackcloth, I became an object of gossip among them. The prominent people mock me, composing drinking songs.   Portion of first section of Psalm 69

Thoughts/questions: I hope to never feel this level of despair and trust you never have nor will. Yet within the despair, the Psalmist is still concerned about how his life is impacting others’ relationship with God – Wow!

When sorrow strikes, thoughts often go inward. The view regarding others is obstructed by a large mirror! May we never experience what the Psalmist is going through, but may we always be concerned about how our life impacts those around us. (and hopefully no one will be writing drinking songs about us!)

Suggested prayer: Almighty God, thank You for keeping this type of despair from my heart . . .

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