Short Meditations on the Psalms: Psalm 69

Psalm 69  •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 8
In this solemn and affecting Psalm, we listen to an utterance of the Son of Man. His soul passes through the sense of His sorrow, and the anticipation of the judgment of His persecutors, up to His resurrection and His kingdom in Zion in the latter day. We have the communion of the soul of Jesus with God, both as the one who was able to save Him from death (Heb. 5), and as the one who judgeth righteously (1 Peter 2). For He cries to the one, and commits the keeping of Himself to the other. And thus this Psalm illustrates those two things taught us by the Apostles in those two passages: so perfectly do the lights that shine in the old and new Scriptures, whether in the Psalms or Prophets, or in the Epistles or Apostles, blend together.
NOTE—Psalm69:5 shows how He identified Himself with His elect (2 Cor. 5:2121For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)), and it is comfort to us to know that our sins have been thus confessed. And God knew the secret of all Jesus’ grief, though man did not. (See Isa. 53:44Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:4).) Psalm 69:66Let 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. (Psalm 69:6): He desires that none may be stumbled or offended because of His shame and sorrow (Matt. 11:66And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. (Matthew 11:6)), but learn that it was borne for others. For the affliction of the righteous one will be an offense to them who do not understand and value this. His sorrows from the hand of man were for God’s glory in the world; His sorrows from the hand of God were for our atonement and salvation forever. Psalm 69:44They 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. (Psalm 69:4) is quoted by the Lord Himself in John 15.
He will pay the vows He here makes. (See Psa. 116.) And this praise for resurrection is more grateful to God than sacrifices of oxen and bullocks in remembrance of sin. And it is in fellowship with Jesus in resurrection that the saints now worship. There they lay, as on a new altar, their sacrifices of praise. (Heb. 13:10,1510We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. (Hebrews 13:10)
15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
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Thus, in this very blessed Psalm, the spirit of Christ muses onward from His suffering up to the full joy of His expected kingdom.