But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable time; O God in the greatness of Your lovingkindness answer me with Your saving truth." Psalm 69:13
I have a weekly Bible study on Sunday afternoons. We are studying the book of Romans. This week chapter 11 led me to Psalm 69. This Psalm is loaded with spiritual wisdom. David is going through unjust persecution. He describes the agony of sinking in a deep mire, and there is no foothold in verse 2. As you read on it becomes prophetic of the persecution of our sinless Savior:
"Reproach has broken My heart and I am so sick, and I looked for sympathy, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none."
Do you feel alone, abandoned by those you thought to be friends? You will find the keys of survival in this Psalm. You pray to a God who understands watching your child suffer. He watched His own. We pray in the name of Jesus who did the suffering unjustly for us as no other. In verse 32 it says,
"You who seek God, let your heart revive, for the Lord hears the needy."
As we look at verse 13 we see David’s heart as he prays to his God. He knows God’s character. He is not praying to a God he doesn’t know intimately. He knows the great lovingkindness of God . He prays believing as he waits upon a response. He knows he is going to hear from God the saving truth that continuously saves his life. In verse 30-31 he reveals how he survives the waiting upon God:
"I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving, and it will please the Lord better than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs."
David knows how to love God. He knew external sacrifices did not delight God, but the internal sacrifices of the heart. He loved God with praise and thanksgiving in the storms of life. He was despairing in His prayer time, but it ended in praising the name of God and magnifying Him above the circumstances with thanksgiving for who He is. May we learn to do the same.
As David concludes the psalm he looks to our eternal future. All going on around us in this life that consumes us and makes us feel as described in this psalm is temporal. Our eternal future is secure, because of the One who paid the price for our eternal future. In Him and Him only will you find all you will ever need in the truth of His saving Words. Read it and be blessed!
In His love.
"Let heaven and earth praise Him!" Psalm 69:34
His lovingkindness is displayed everywhere we look!