Tehillim / Psalms 69, Part 1, The Prophetic Word


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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 69:1-36, the psalm opens א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל-שׁוֹשַׁנִּים לְדָוִד:  For the choir director; according to shoshannim. A Psalm of David.  David continues saying, ב  הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי אֱלֹהִים כִּי בָאוּ מַיִם עַד-נָפֶשׁ: ג  טָבַעְתִּי בִּיוֵן מְצוּלָה וְאֵין מָעֳמָד בָּאתִי בְמַעֲמַקֵּי-מַיִם וְשִׁבֹּלֶת שְׁטָפָתְנִי: ד  יָגַעְתִּי בְקָרְאִי נִחַר גְּרוֹנִי כָּלוּ עֵינַי מְיַחֵל לֵאלֹהָי:  69:1 Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life. 69:2 I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me. 69:3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. (NASB)  What are the waters that have threatened David’s life?  He says, ה   רַבּוּ | מִשַּׂעֲרוֹת רֹאשִׁי שֹנְאַי חִנָּם עָצְמוּ מַצְמִיתַי אֹיְבַי שֶׁקֶר אֲשֶׁר לֹא-גָזַלְתִּי אָז אָשִׁיב: 69:4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore. (NASB)  David says, 69:5 O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You. 69:6 May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord God of hosts; May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel, 69:7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face. (NASB) He says that he has become estranged such that his brothers do not know him (69:8), he has a zeal for his the House of God (69:9), fasting had become his reproach (69:10), he made sackcloth his clothing (69:11), and other talk about him (69:12).  Through all of these things, His prayer is to the Lord at an acceptable time (69:13).  What is an acceptable time? Read more here: Tehillim 69-Part1

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