Reading the Word
Psalm 69:1–6 (ESV)
1 Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. 3 I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. 4 More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore? 5 O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. 6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.
Understanding and Applying the Word
This psalm describes the plight of David, who is wrongfully accused. He describes himself as up to his neck in deep water where he has no footing because of the deep and slippery mud. He calls out to God for help, but he has grown weary and his throat is parched from calling out. God has not answered him and he is growing faint. David is not literally drowning, but we we understand the desperate situation he is facing through this figurative description.
Why does David feel this way? Because his enemies hate him and have falsely accused him of theft. Now, it seems, they want to force him to pay back what he did not take (verse 4). In the midst of this, David calls out to God and proclaims his innocence in the matter. He mentions that God knows David’s folly and his wrongs, but he knows that he did not do what he is accused of.
Perhaps the most surprising thing we read here is not that David is in this situation. The surprise is what we read in verse 6. There, David tells us his main concern. He is most troubled that, through the accusations, God’s people would be shamed. He is most concerned not with himself, but God’s glory and honor. May we have the heart of David as we seek God’s glory in all that we do.
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