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Praising God for His Steadfast Love

John Collins08/12/2012

In Psalm 69, David cries out unto God, seeking help from his enemies who attacked him with false accusation.

He cried, "Save me O God!"  He compared his situation to sinking in the waters, deep in the mire where there is no foothold.  He writes that he was so weary from crying out that even his throat was parched and his eyes were growing dim.

David says that his enemies were greater in number than the hairs of his head.  They hated him without cause, and attacked him with lies.  Now, the things that he did not steal were required of him to restore.  

David had confessed everything unto God, and knew that God had understanding of all things.  He said that God knew the wrongs he had done, and he had not hidden them from God.  But he did not do the things he was being accused of doing.

He asked God not to let those who placed their hope in God to be put to shame because of himself.  Those who were seeking God should not be brought dishonor through David, and David begged God to protect them.

David did not complain about his situation.  He said that it was for the sake of God that he was under reproach, and that he was fully dishonored.  David was the talk of those sitting idle by the gate and the drunkards in their drunken music.  But through it all, David stayed true to God and prayed that an acceptable time for deliverance would come.

He asked God to answer his cry with the abundance of His steadfast Love.  He asked God to deliver him from sinking in the mire, from his enemies that rose against him.

David praised God, saying that His steadfast Love is good.  His mercy was abundant, and David asked that God turn His mercy towards David.

David told God of the many awful things that his enemies did towards him, and David asked God to show His mighty power in judgement towards them.  David held nothing back, even to the point that he asked God that they be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be enrolled among the righteous.

As for David, he still praised God with song.  He magnified the Name of God with thanksgiving.  David said that the song would please God more even than his animal sacrifice, and that the humble would rejoice with David.  God hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

Rather than cry out that God had left him, David cried out for all to praise and to worship God.  God would save Zion and build up the cities of Judah.  Those who loved the name of God would dwell there, and it would be the house of the Lord for generations to come!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we praise God when we are down?  Do we think that God has left us, like the story of the footprints in the sands of time?  Are we afraid to call out for God's judgement after our enemies if they do not make their hearts and minds right with God?  Do we understand that God is a Loving Father, who loves to spoil and protect His children?  Do we go to the Father when we are in need?