Save Me From My Enemies! (Psalm 69)

David writes another psalm of petition to the Lord, asking for deliverance and salvation from His enemies.  He describes his situation like being drowned and crying until his throat is dry.  His enemies are practically innumerable and are mighty.  Though he has sinned, he asks that his people not be ashamed because of him.  He asks to bear his shame alone.  However, his zeal for the house of God and His defense of the Lord have also been to his detriment, and his enemies became even more determined to destroy him.  Yet David’s prayer is to God, and he believes that the Lord will hear him at the appropriate time.  He asks that deliverance come, and the floodwaters not overtake him.  He petitions for the lovingkindness of the Lord and for His deliverance.  He longs for his reproach to be taken from him, and for his enemies to be trapped by their own actions. 

25 Let their dwelling place be desolate;

Let no one live in their tents.

26 For they persecute the ones You have struck,

And talk of the grief of those You have wounded.

27 Add iniquity to their iniquity,

And let them not come into Your righteousness.

28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living,

And not be written with the righteous.

He then changes the tone of the psalm to a praise, and exalts the Lord for His expected redemption of David.  He thanks God in advance for rebuilding Judah and allowing those who love His name to live there.

David’s woeful beginning to this psalm speak to either the failure of his relationship with Bathsheba, which was his very public failure, or else his general oppression by his enemies.  The exact subject of his angst is in question.  However, whatever the subject matter of his pain, David is deep in anguish and longing for deliverance from the Lord.  This level of pain is reminiscent of some of our own problems and discouragement.  David was chased and often feared for his life.  If this psalm does refer to the situation of his failure, he was dealing with the guilt of adultery, murder, and the loss of a child to death.  Either way, one can rest assured that David dealt with every bit as much pain as you may be feeling today.  Yet his hope was in God.  This is not meant to guilt anyone into “snapping out” of depression or pain, but simply meant to encourage this who are weary and lift up those who are oppressed.  There is hope in God.  Cry out to Him, for He is the only legitimate source for deliverance and joy!

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