Abraham Lincoln, America’s most beloved president, was anything but beloved while he was in
office. The South hated him. The anti-war activists hated him. Democrats hated him, calling him a
widow-maker. The media ridiculed his eyes, looks, and body, calling him a freak of nature. … More
Most scholars attribute the authorship of this Psalm to David. An important feature of this Psalm is its messianic character. With the exception of Psalm 22, no portion of the Old Testament is more frequently quoted by the New Testament writers. Picture the psalmist in distress as an overflowing flood (vv. 1,2). However, no one takes the picture literally. Rather the flood of troubles or enemies is clearly in view for the rest of the psalm. David’s enemies hated him without a cause (vv. 1-4).
The scene changes to a man with a dried out throat and failing eyes (v. 3). Perhaps the throat is dry from calling for help and the eyes weary with weeping. Having described himself and His condition, the writer turned to his numerous enemies (v. 4) and this complaint turns to prayer (v. 5). First comes the confession of innocence. This is followed by requests for exoneration of the good people (v. 6).
Nothing David nor his great descendent did would please his oppressors. If the world hates God and His son then the Christian in the world today can expect to be hated also.
David was zealous for God’s house (vv. 7-12). He was suffering for the Lord’s sake (v. 7). His own relatives hated him even though he had zeal for the Lord (vv. 8-9). Their insults to God was directed to him. When he was in grief he fasted and prayed. Are we concerned enough about our enemies who may cause us grief to pray and fast for them? I even need to pray for those who may hate me.
Even though I want to do God’s will, I still make mistakes. But like David, I should pray that my foolish mistakes will not cause others to stumble.
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Psalms 66:1-7The Nation Praised God
Psalms 66:8-15Tested But Brought to a Place of Blessing
Psalms 66:16-20The Leader Declared Praise to God
Psalms 67:1-7The People were Encouraged to Praise God
Psalms 68:1-10Fear And Praise Over God’s Triumph
Psalms 68:11-14From The Wilderness to Zion
Psalms 68:15-23Choosing Zion For His Dwelling Place
Psalms 68:24-35Calling The Nation to Praise
Psalms 69:1-12Suffering For The Lord’s Sake
Psalms 69:13-21Rescued From Misery And Trouble
Psalms 69:22-36Enemies to be Blotted Out of The Book of Life
Psalms 70:1-5Prayer For Relief From Adversaries
Psalms 71:1-13Prayer For God’s Protection
Psalms 71:14-24Continuation of a Life of Praise
Psalms 72:1-11Prayer For Righteous Judgement
Psalms 72:12-20God Helps Those Who Help Others