Morning devotion: Read Psalm 69

Psalms 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. 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.

As said when we started this Psalm, this Psalm is a beautiful word picture of how our Lord was rejected of men without a cause. It is also written by the David who suffered by tormenters as well.

Ridicule, mockery and scorn; belittlement and verbal abuse are hard to take even if one does walk with the Lord. Jesus was ridiculed and mocked. He was accused falsely and was forced to go through a kangaroo court with people lying and bringing false witnesses to convict him. He was crucified and yes, he was delivered, for God did not leave his soul in hell nor did his soul see corruption. He rose from the dead and defeated death and hell and is alive evermore.

It was the journey and the experience with those who hated him that caused him to pray, “let me be delivered from them that hate me.” It was the course he was put through that caused him to say, “Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.” For his anguish was so great that when he prayed, he prayed with great drops of sweat as if it where great drops pf blood for it was the cross he was to face.

Luke 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

He endured the reproach and sought for relief but found none. Verses 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.

And finally, as prophesied, he was given gall and vinegar to drink, verse 21.

Luke 23:36  And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, 37  And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

Matthew 27:34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 35  And they crucified him,…

He did all this for you, because he loves you. He endured all this for you, because he loves you.

John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Would you trust Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook