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Psalms 69 – 71

Psalm 69

A prophecy of the sacrificial death of Messiah the Christ, the curse of the present spiritual blindness on Israel, and the final deliverance of Israel  

Multitudes of enemies are likened to a flood of waters, and being helpless before the enemy is like trying to get free from deep mud and quicksand.

Psalm 69:1 Save me, O God; for the waters [many enemies] are come in unto my soul [to take my life].  69:2 I sink in deep mire [a prophecy of mire as a type of the grave], where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods [a flood of enemies] overflow me.

Messiah the Christ put his trust in God even when the situation seemed hopeless, and was rewarded with the resurrection to eternal life and exalted on high

69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.  69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

The faithful know that God knows all things and that all those reproached and shamed by the enemy will receive a good  reward.  The reward of the faithful called out is sure; and the reward of Christ the first born is double.

Isaiah 61:7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

Jesus knew that if he had sinned, God the Father would know it

Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.  

The true servant’s of God will never be ashamed of Christ their Deliverer, because he gave his life for us

69:6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel. 69:7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

A prophecy of Messiah the Christ and his love for God and the Word of God, which love of godliness estranged him from Judah.  Similarly the love of God to live by every Word of God will estrange godly brethren from today’s apostate spiritual Ekklesia. 

69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s [Messiah the Christ was not accepted by the tribe of Judah, most of the Jews] children.

Messiah is zealous for God the Father’s Temple [House] both physical and spiritual, and he will not permit any uncleanness of sin in the lives of God’s faithful who are the spiritual Temple of God (1 Cor 3:16-17, 6:19).

 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Christ wept over the sins of the people and humbled himself before God in fasting

69:10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.  69:11 I made sackcloth [mourning and humility] also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

Messiah was mocked by the people, but he was always absolutely faithful to God the Father

69:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.  69:13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.  69:14 Deliver me out of the mire [the grave], and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters [Christ was delivered from the grave and from the hands of many enemies].

69:15 Let not the waterflood [of enemies] overflow me, neither let the deep [a type of the grave See Jonah] swallow me up, and let not the pit [grave] shut her mouth upon me.

69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.  69:17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem [save my life] it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

Jesus calls on God to remember his reproach and to raise him up from the grave

69:19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.  69:20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

Judah was corrected by the Roman Prince Titus, and Judah and Israel were largely darkened from understanding until Christ should return. 

The stumbling block before Judah is their Unitarian belief concerning the nature of God.

The stumbling blocks before the ten tribes is the false belief that the sacrifice of Christ did away with any need to keep the whole Word of God and that now only the Ten Commandments are now binding, and that religious leaders have the authority to bind and loose the Word of God.  See the “God’s Authority” series.

69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.  69:23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see [do not understand for a time] not; and make their loins continually to shake [being oppressed].  69:24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.  69:25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

This curse is upon those who rejected and persecuted Messiah, because God the Father had allowed Christ to be smitten for the sins of the people

Psalm 69:26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those [they speak against Messiah, who God wounded for the sins of the people]  whom thou hast wounded.

69:27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.  69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous [until Christ returns to deliver them].

Christ was poor in the spirit of stubborn self-will and greatly grieved by sin, he lived enthusiastically by every Word of God and was resurrected and raised on high for doing so

69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.  69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Humility and obedience before God, is better than a sacrifice of animals. 

 69:31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

Those who humbly seek to live by every Word of God will greatly rejoice in the application of the sacrifice of Christ to cleanse them from all repented past sins, and they shall live forever

69:32 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.

God remembered his Son to raise him up and God will remember Israel and Judah after the coming tribulation and will end the curse and save them

69:33 For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.  69:34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. 69:35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.

The hearts of Israel and Judah will yet be converted and their spiritual blindness will be healed, then they shall live in the Word of the LORD forever more

69:36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

 

Psalm 70

An appeal for deliverance by Messiah the Christ,  and from those  faithful to live by every Word of God

Psalm 70:1 MAKE HASTE, O GOD, TO DELIVER ME; MAKE HASTE TO HELP ME, O LORD.

This is a prophecy about Christ and includes all those who are Christ’s and have suffered for their faithfulness to God

70:2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul [life]: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt. 70:3 Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha. 

Let those who mock the righteousness of zeal to live by every Word of God; be put to shame by God’s deliverance of the faithful and his correction of the wicked.

70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

Those poor in the spirit of stubborn self-will, who are humble to acknowledge that they truly NEED and THIRST after godliness; will be saved to eternal life

70:5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.

 

Psalm 71

Those who put their trust in God to live as God lives [by every Word of God] will be delivered and the faithful will praise him eternally for his love.  David remembers his love for God in his youth and prays that God will keep him close, in his old age.  This is very important as so very many get weary in their zeal for God as they age.

Psalm 71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.  71:2 Deliver me in thy righteousness [God’s Word is righteousness], and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Those who live by God’s Word are God’s people and dwell with God, therefore God will deliver all those who trust in him

71:3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.  71:4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

God the Father is the hope of his people, for he will deliver them from bondage to Satan, sin and death

71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.  71:6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

Jesus Christ and those who follow God the Father seem very strange to many, but Messiah and God’s people always place their trust in God the Father; who will deliver them, dumbfounding the naysayers

71:7 I am as a wonder [those who follow and trust in God seem strange to many] unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.  71:8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

God will love his faithful forever

71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.  71:10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,  71:11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.  71:12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.

When Christ comes to resurrect the godly dead to eternal life, and he puts down the wicked, the evil doers will be dumbfounded and humbled before God

71:13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul [life]; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

Those who live by the righteousness of every Word of God shall be delivered from bondage to Satan, sin and death and they shall declare God’s praises in great rejoicing forever

71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.  71:15 My mouth shall shew forth [proclaim, teach] thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.  71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

David declares that he has been faithful to God from a child and prays the God will remain with him in his old age.  Yes David sinned, but whenever he discovered his sin he immediately repented with a whole heart!

71:17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.  71:18 Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

The righteousness of God and God’s Word is very great, and the Wisdom [Word] of God is greater than the wisdom of all men together

71:19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 71:20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

God will resurrect the godly dead to eternal life and he will grant the called out and chosen first fruits to be kings on the earth. 

Messiah the Christ and all of the godly faithful say of God the Father:

71:21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

The faithful love truth, and the truth of the Word of God; they would never reject truth to cleave to any false tradition of men

71:22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.  71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.  71:24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

 

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