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Pastor's Pen - June 25, 2007
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June 25, 2007

Psalms 66-69
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Chapter 66
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.) Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
  2. Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
  3. Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
  4. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
  5. Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
  6. He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
  7. He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
  8. O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
  9. Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
  10. For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
  11. Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
  12. Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
  13. I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
  14. Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
  15. I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
  16. Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
  17. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
  18. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
  19. But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
  20. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

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Chapter 67
  1. (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.) God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
  2. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
  3. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
  4. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
  5. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
  6. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
  7. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

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Chapter 68
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.) Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
  2. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
  3. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
  4. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
  5. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
  6. God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
  7. O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
  8. The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
  9. Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
  10. Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
  11. The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.
  12. Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
  13. Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
  14. When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.
  15. The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
  16. Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.
  17. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
  18. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.
  19. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
  20. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.
  21. But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
  22. The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
  23. That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
  24. They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
  25. The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.
  26. Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
  27. There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
  28. Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
  29. Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.
  30. Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.
  31. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
  32. Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
  33. To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
  34. Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
  35. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.

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Chapter 69
  1. (To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.) Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
  2. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
  3. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
  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.
  5. O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
  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.
  7. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
  8. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
  9. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
  10. When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
  11. I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.
  12. They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
  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.
  14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
  15. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
  16. Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
  17. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
  18. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
  19. Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
  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.
  21. They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
  22. Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
  23. Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
  24. Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
  25. Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
  26. For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
  27. Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
  28. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
  29. But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
  30. I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
  31. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
  32. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
  33. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
  34. Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
  35. For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.
  36. The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

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 In Psalm 69 David cries out once again to God in his time of distress. He indicates in verses 1-2 that he is being overwhelmed by difficulties. In verse 3 he states that he has been crying for so long that he is tired of doing it. He is waiting for God to solve his problem, but the answer from the Lord is slow (3). He is surrounded by people who hate him, but he has done nothing to deserve their wrath. In fact, he has done everything he can to appease them, but it has been to no avail (4). In verse 6 he calls upon the Lord to answer him not only for his sake, but for the sake of others who know and understand his situation. He does not want them to be ashamed or confused because of God's apparent lack of response. Thus we see that David is not only concerned for himself, but he is also concerned for others, and for the reputation of the Lord. I believe that this is important. While it is not wrong to pray for assistance in times of trouble, it is good to remember that there are others who need to see God at work as well. David's prayer is not selfish, and we need to be careful that ours are not either.

I also find it interesting that in the middle of his request, he mentions that he is both foolish and sinful. Here we see another aspect of David's humility. He is not so cocky as to think that he somehow deserves to have God solve all his problems. He doesn't come before Jehovah claiming sinless perfection, as if God was somehow a debtor to him. He admits his sinfulness, begging God to interceded for him anyway. God admires a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17), and possessing this kind of attitude is necessary for pleasing our Lord.

It is also important to note that David was receiving this opposition because of his relationship with God. Verse 7 states that he bore the reproach for God's sake. Verse 8 states that he was consumed with zeal concerning the Lord's House. In verses 9-10 we find that he was being mocked because of his attitude of sorrow and repentance for his sins. He was public in his repentance, and the ungodly ridiculed him for doing so. It got so bad that the drunks in town made up songs to disparage him (12). The principle here is this: when you stand for God, people are going to criticize and ridicule you. If you live a holy life, you will be scorned. If you choose to make the church your priority, you will be verbally abused. Even your repentance for sin will be mocked. All of this happens because the believer's holiness, faithfulness and repentance are all convicting to the ungodly. Be sure to continue to do what is right, regardless of what others might say or do.

As a side note, several verses in this song are Messianic. Verse 9 is quoted in John 2:17 as referring to Jesus. Verse 21 is prophetic concerning the crucifixion of Christ (John 19:28-30). Obviously the entire is psalm is not about the Lord, for He is not foolish and sinful (5). However, some of the other verses could be applied to Christ's situation on the cross.

At the end of the psalm David shows his trust in God by saying that he will praise Him with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. Perhaps this is stated because he knows that God is going to assist him, but it could also simply refer to the fact that the Lord is worthy of praise and thanks whether He removes David's problems or not. David adds that this attitude of worship "also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs." God is pleased with the worship of His children even more that in their sacrifices. In fact, when the humble see God's people worshipping, and understand this principle, it makes them glad, for they realize that they, too, can trust in the Living God. They will understand that God does care about the downtrodden (33), and that He will provide for them, too. David concludes the song with a call for the universal praise of the Lord, and his own expectation that God would fulfill His promises both to Israel and His children.

When trouble strikes, take it to the Lord. Approach him in a humble attitude, considering also the needs of others. Be sure that your life is right before Him. Trust Him to do what needs to be done, and praise and thank Him for what He has done and what He will do. God will be pleased, others will be impacted, and you will be blessed.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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