Psalm 69: Saved from Drowning

How common is it for people to not cry out to God until they are about to drown? Why?

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Psalm 69:1–3 To the minister of music, a song of David sung to the “Lilies” tune.
Save me from drowning, God, for the waters are up to my neck. My feet are in deep mire with nothing to stand upon, and rushing flood waters are about to carry me away.
In crying for help, I am exhausted and my throat is dry. My vision is blurred from the strain in looking for my God.
King James
Psalm 69:1–3 <To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.> Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

What is the difference between being hated for no cause and for no wrongdoing?

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Psalm 69:4 Those who hate me for no reason outnumber the hairs on my head. Unprovoked, my enemies seek to destroy me with lies, demanding that I repay what I have not stolen.
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Psalm 69:4 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.

How might we not be aware of our foolishness and wrongdoing?

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Psalm 69:5 God, you are fully aware of my foolishness and wrongdoing.
King James
Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

For what reasons might we be an embarrassment to God?

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Psalm 69:6–7 Don’t let me, Lord God, be an embarrassment to people who trust you. God of Israel, I don’t want your people to be confused because of me.
7 It is for your sake that I am scorned and look confused and ashamed.
King James
Psalm 69:6–7 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. Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

What is it like to be a “foreigner in my community”?

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Psalm 69:8 In my own family, I am a stranger. I am a foreigner in my community.
King James
Psalm 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

To what extent should we allow other people’s problems to become ours?

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Psalm 69:9 In my consuming passion for worship and pleasing God, other people’s problems became mine.
King James
Psalm 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

Why might people make fun of someone who is fasting?

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Psalm 69:10–11 People made fun of me when I fasted and cried and refused to eat when I was hungry. Because I was dressed in burlap, I became a subject of gossip and ridicule.
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Psalm 69:10–11 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

How should we feel when we know people are talking about us?

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Psalm 69:12–13 Those who sit outside the city gate talk about me, and I am the topic of drunkards’ songs.
But I’m not who they say I am. I pray, Lord God, knowing you will answer at the right time. In your abundant love and mercy, hear my plea and be my faithful deliverer.
King James
Psalm 69:12–13 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. 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.

What can we do when we feel like we’re about to drown?

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Psalm 69:14–15 Rescue me from the mire. Don’t let it pull me down. Save me from my enemies so I don’t drown.
Keep the floodwaters from sucking me under. Don’t let the grave swallow me.
King James
Psalm 69:14–15 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. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

What might hinder God’s immediate answer to our prayers?

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Psalm 69:16–18 Lord, answer me from the kindness of your heart. In your boundless compassion, turn to me. Don’t turn away, for I am desperate and need your help right now. Come close and rescue me. Save me from my enemies.
King James
Psalm 69:16–18 Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

If God sees the insults inflicted upon his people, why does he allow the abuse?

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Psalm 69:19–20 You know how I have been ridiculed and disgraced. You see every person who opposes me. Their insults broke my heart and left me feeling sick. I looked for a little sympathy and understanding, but I found none.
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Psalm 69:19–20 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. 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.

Why did David write about “sour wine” to drink?

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Psalm 69:21 They gave me bitterness for food and sour wine to drink.
John 19:28 Later, after everything was finished, he said, “I am thirsty,” so the scripture would be fulfilled.
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Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Under what conditions do we receive what we deserve?

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Psalm 69:22 Set food on their table that invites their greed, so they stumble and fall into a trap. Let them receive what they deserve for their self-serving ways.
King James
Psalm 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.

How might God cloud people’s vision? Why would he do that?

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Psalm 69:23–24 Cloud their vision so they don’t see well. Bend their backs with heavy burdens. Show them how angry you are. In your fierce rage, grab them by the neck.
Matthew 13:13 I teach with stories because some people with open eyes choose to see nothing. They hear with their ears but do not want to understand.
Romans 1:28 Since they don’t want to admit God’s existence, they develop perverted beliefs so they can do whatever indecency feels good to them.
King James
Psalm 69:23–24 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake. Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

What makes living alone a curse?

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Psalm 69:25 May the places where they live be empty, no one living in their tents.
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Psalm 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.

Why is it so painful to be mocked?

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Psalm 69:26 They add insult to injury, mocking those you have wounded.
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Psalm 69:26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.

If we have been forgiven, why wouldn’t we want others to be forgiven?

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Psalm 69:27–28 Charge them with multiple counts, and don’t forgive their offenses. Remove their names from the Book of Life. Don’t let them be counted among the righteous.
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Psalm 69:27–28 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

What must happen for us to recognize our “wretchedness”? How should we respond to that recognition?

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Psalm 69:29 But in my wretchedness, God, I am repentant. Forgive my failures and lift me up.
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Psalm 69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.

What must we do to have a thankful heart? How can we see its value?

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Psalm 69:30–33 With a thankful heart, I will sing God’s praise and boast of his greatness. The Lord is more pleased with the gratitude expressed from my heart than with the sacrifice of hooved animals with horns.
The humble will see the value of heartfelt praise and rejoice. Those who surrender their hearts to God will find life, for the Lord hears the cries of the needy and cares for those in bondage.
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Psalm 69:30–33 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.

What barriers do God’s creatures face in praising him?

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Psalm 69:34 Let every creature in earth, sea, and sky praise the Lord.
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Psalm 69:34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

What enables God to mend that which is broken?

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Psalm 69:35–36 God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the cities of Judah so his people can own the land where they live. The descendants of God’s servants will inherit the land. Those who love God will live there.
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Psalm 69:35–36 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession. The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.