Psalm 69: “The Lord Saves”
On the surface, this psalm is a individual psalm of lament and thanksgiving. However, when you begin to study more, you will learn that aside from Psalm 22, this is the most quoted psalm in the NT. John quotes verse 4 in John 15:25, speaking of the hatred Christ would face. In John 2:17, John quotes verse 9, as he addresses Jesus driving out the money changers in the temple. In Romans 14:3, Paul also quotes verse 9, here speaking of those who are reproached for Christ’s sake. Verse 21 speaks of the sour wine that was given to Christ on the cross, quoted in all of the Gospels. Verses 22-23 are quoted by Paul again in Romans 11, speaking of the rejection of Christ by His own people. In Acts 1:21, Luke applies verse 25 to Judas, the one who betrayed Him. How incredible is it that we can read this Psalm and apply it to our Lord Jesus. This psalm illustrates the life of Jesus, and how it was full of trial and rejection, yet these people who did this are the same people He went to the cross to die for. Just like you and I, they rejected the Lord, but we know that through His death and resurrection, we can be forgiven. We have to remember too that this was a prayer of David. This was not only a personal cry to the Lord for his own salvation, but also a look into the future, to Christ. The Scriptures are remarkable in this way, where we can read of David’s history and of Christ’s prophecy, all from the same psalm. The Lord saves, and like David, we should look to Christ for salvation.