Thursday, 6 April 2017

Psalm 69

For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Lilies’. Of David.

1 Save me, O God,
   for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
   where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
   the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;
   my throat is parched.
My eyes fail,
   looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason
   outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
   those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
   what I did not steal.
5 You, God, know my folly;
   my guilt is not hidden from you.
6 Lord, the Lord Almighty,
   may those who hope in you
   not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
   may those who seek you
   not be put to shame because of me.
7 For I endure scorn for your sake,
   and shame covers my face.
8 I am a foreigner to my own family,
   a stranger to my own mother’s children;
9 for zeal for your house consumes me,
   and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
   I must endure scorn;
11 when I put on sackcloth,
   people make sport of me.
12 Those who sit at the gate mock me,
   and I am the song of the drunkards.
13 But I pray to you, Lord,
   in the time of your favour;
in your great love, O God,
   answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
   do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
   from the deep waters.
15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me
   or the depths swallow me up
   or the pit close its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;
   in your great mercy turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant;
   answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me;
   deliver me because of my foes.
19 You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed;
   all my enemies are before you.
20 Scorn has broken my heart
   and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
   for comforters, but I found none.
21 They put gall in my food
   and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
22 May the table set before them become a snare;
   may it become retribution and a trap.
23 May their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
   and their backs be bent for ever.
24 Pour out your wrath on them;
   let your fierce anger overtake them.
25 May their place be deserted;
   let there be no one to dwell in their tents.

Father you heard Jesus’ prayer on the cross and saved him. Please now answer me with your sure salvation. Amen.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Wow, really overwhelming! Not many of us would ever experience or can imagine what going through such deep engulfing predicaments in our lives or hearts, would be like. Thank God for that. And great praise to Him who in Christ, has endured very real depths of grief, hostility and death, from us and for us, and has overcome it all! Please Lord, teach us to trust and call out to you in every situation. Amen

Charlie Newcombe said...

Amen!