Psalms 69* David complains of great distress. (1-12) And begs forsuccour. (13-21) He declares the judgments of God. (22-29) Heconcludes with joy and praise. (30-36)1-12 We should frequently consider the person of the Suffererhere spoken of, and ask why, as well as what he suffered, that,meditating thereon, we may be more humbled for sin, and moreconvinced of our danger, so that we may feel more gratitude andlove, constraining us to live to His glory who died for oursalvation. Hence we learn, when in affliction, to commit thekeeping of our souls to God, that we may not be soured withdiscontent, or sink into despair. David was hated wrongfully,but the words far more fully apply to Christ. In a world whereunrighteousness reigns so much, we must not wonder if we meetwith those that are our enemies wrongfully. Let us take carethat we never do wrong; then if we receive wrong, we may thebetter bear it. By the satisfaction Christ made to God for oursin by his blood, he restored that which he took not away, hepaid our debt, suffered for our offences. Even when we can pleadNot guilty, as to men's unjust accusations, yet before God wemust acknowledge ourselves to deserve all that is brought uponus. All our sins take rise from our foolishness. They are alldone in God's sight. David complains of the unkindness offriends and relations. This was fulfilled in Christ, whosebrethren did not believe on him, and who was forsaken by hisdisciples. Christ made satisfaction for us, not only by puttingoff the honours due to God, but by submitting to the greatestdishonours that could be done to any man. We need not bediscouraged if our zeal for the truths, precepts, and worship ofGod, should provoke some, and cause others to mock our godlysorrow and deadness to the world. 13-21 Whatever deep waters of affliction or temptation we sinkinto, whatever floods of trouble or ungodly men seem ready tooverwhelm us, let us persevere in prayer to our Lord to save us.The tokens of God's favour to us are enough to keep our spiritsfrom sinking in the deepest outward troubles. If we think wellof God, and continue to do so under the greatest hardships, weneed not fear but he will do well for us. And if at any time weare called on to suffer reproach and shame, for Christ's sake,this may be our comfort, that he knows it. It bears hard on onethat knows the worth of a good name, to be oppressed with a badone; but when we consider what a favour it is to be accountedworthy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus, we shall see thatthere is no reason why it should be heart-breaking to us. Thesufferings of Christ were here particularly foretold, whichproves the Scripture to be the word of God; and how exactlythese predictions were fulfilled in Jesus Christ, which proveshim to be the true Messiah. The vinegar and the gall given tohim, were a faint emblem of that bitter cup which he drank up,that we might drink the cup of salvation. We cannot expect toolittle from men, miserable comforters are they all; nor can weexpect too much from the God of all comfort and consolation. 22-29 These are prophecies of the destruction of Christ'spersecutors. Verses #22,23|, are applied to the judgments of Godupon the unbelieving Jews, in #Ro 11:9,10|. When the supports oflife and delights of sense, through the corruption of ournature, are made the food and fuel of sin, then our table is asnare. Their sin was, that they would not see, but shut theireyes against the light, loving darkness rather; their punishmentwas, that they should not see, but should be given up to theirown hearts' lusts which hardened them. Those who reject God'sgreat salvation proffered to them, may justly fear that hisindignation will be poured out upon them. If men will sin, theLord will reckon for it. But those that have multiplied to sin,may yet find mercy, through the righteousness of the Mediator.God shuts not out any from that righteousness; the gospelexcludes none who do not, by unbelief, shut themselves out. Butthose who are proud and self-willed, so that they will not comein to God's righteousness, shall have their doom accordingly;they themselves decide it. Let those not expect any benefitthereby, who are not glad to be beholden to it. It is better tobe poor and sorrowful, with the blessing of the Lord, than richand jovial, and under his curse. This may be applied to Christ.He was, when on earth, a man of sorrows that had not where tolay his head; but God exalted him. Let us call upon the Lord,and though poor and sorrowful, guilty and defiled, his salvationwill set us up on high. 30-36 The psalmist concludes the psalm with holy joy andpraise, which he began with complaints of his grief. It is agreat comfort to us, that humble and thankful praises are morepleasing to God than the most costly, pompous sacrifices. Thehumble shall look to him, and be glad; those that seek himthrough Christ shall live and be comforted. God will do greatthings for the gospel church, in which let all who wish well toit rejoice. A seed shall serve him on earth, and his servantsshall inherit his heavenly kingdom. Those that love his nameshall dwell before him for ever. He that spared not his own Son,but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him alsofreely give us all things? Arise, thou great Restorer of theancient places to dwell in, and turn away ungodliness from thypeople
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018