Psalm 69:16 (NKJV) Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.

Psalm 69 is a great messianic psalm written by David, and it is unique because it deals with the silent years in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. This psalm is also called a shoshannim, or lily, psalm because Jesus is the Lily of the Valley as well as the Rose of Sharon, and He is altogether lovely. This psalm tells us of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. It tells of the Lord Jesus Christ’s childhood and young manhood, of which the Gospels tell us nearly nothing about, this is why this psalm is said to tell us about the silent years in the life of Christ. It tells us about the life of the Lord Jesus Christ as a little boy, a teenager, and a young man growing up in Nazareth. We see some of Jesus’ dark days in Nazareth and His dark hours on the cross on Calvary. In verses 14-20, we see the Lord Jesus Christ’s distress but also His assurance of deliverance and victory which are based upon His Father’s lovingkindness and His abundant mercies. Jesus’ fervent and persistent petitions are short and specific. He says “Hear Me, … turn to Me, … do not hide from Me, … draw near to Me, … redeem Me, and … deliver Me.” The Lord Jesus Christ retreats into His Father, His only resource, through prayer. But even then, Jesus reserves to God His Father the right to answer at an acceptable time. The Lord Jesus Christ’s pathway through life was strewn with reproach, shame and dishonor at the hands of men. From the time of His birth, Jesus was pursued by His enemies. His heart was broken by insults, but it did not deter Him from cross, the joy that was set before Him before the beginning of time. Even when there were no one to comfort Him, not even His disciples, Jesus completed His task for all who would believe in Him. For it was His Father’s plan all along to save the lost from their sins. This is why neither the deep nor the pit could hold the Lord Jesus Christ. For it was all part of His Father’s plan to deal with sin and to save all by His grace who would believe in His Son. Thus, Jesus’ imprecatory prayer in verses 22-28 is actually a cry for justice. There is no need to apologize for the severity of Jesus’ prayer. For even after the crucifixion of God’s Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God still pleaded with the nation of Israel to repent and to turn to Jesus as their Messiah. Just as the Holy Spirit of God pleads with all lost sinners today. The heartbeat of God can be heard all throughout the Scriptures as He yearns over the lost who He loves and tenderly invites to accept His grace through His Son Jesus Christ. The Word of God invites Jews and Gentiles to come to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for salvation. So, the only ones who will suffer the judgments proclaimed in verses 22-28 are those who deliberately choose that fate by rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.