SAVE ME GOD
Sometimes life feels like everything is against us. When things go wrong or people attack us, we may feel like we are sinking under the pressure. David feels that way as he expresses his sorrow and grief in Psalm 69.
He describes himself as being engulfed by deep waters, his throat is hoarse from crying out to God, and his eyes are tired from looking for God’s answer.
Psalm 69:1-3 GNT Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck; I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me. I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching. I have strained my eyes, looking for your help.
There are many reasons why he was suffering. He was;
- threatened by enemies,
Psalm 69:4 GNT Those who hate me for no reason are more numerous than the hairs of my head. My enemies tell lies against me; they are strong and want to kill me. They made me give back things I did not steal.
- slandered and disgraced
Psalm 69:4, 7 GNT Those who hate me for no reason are more numerous than the hairs of my head. My enemies tell lies against me; they are strong and want to kill me. They made me give back things I did not steal. It is for your sake that I have been insulted and that I am covered with shame.
- scorned even by his family
Psalm 69:8 GNT I am like a stranger to my relatives, like a foreigner to my family.
Because of his suffering, David lashes out and prays that his enemies will be paid back for what they had done.
Psalm 69:22-28 GNT May their banquets cause their ruin; may their sacred feasts cause their downfall. Strike them with blindness! Make their backs always weak! Pour out your anger on them; let your indignation overtake them. May their camps be left deserted; may no one be left alive in their tents. They persecute those whom you have punished; they talk about the sufferings of those you have wounded. Keep a record of all their sins; don't let them have any part in your salvation. May their names be erased from the book of the living; may they not be included in the list of your people.
This may sound harsh but God does not want us to pretend like everything is okay when it is not. David often saw the way to hope through fear; the way to real joy through depression; the way to loving one’s enemies through hostility. Not around these realities but through them.” This psalm models a way to give our anger and desire for vengeance over to God.
This psalm provides language we can use to talk to God. The Psalm also describes the suffering of Jesus. It’s because of His victory over sin and death that we can have hope, even in dark times.
Romans 8:37-39 GNT No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.