Psalm 69 – Outline

Introduction: “Mingling the language of prayer and complaint, the sufferer, whose condition is here set forth, pleads for God’s help as one suffering in His cause, implores the divine retribution on his malicious enemies, and, viewing his deliverance as sure, promises praise by himself, and others, to whom God will extend like blessings” (JFB)

1.  Call for help (vs.1).

2.  Complaint to God (vs. 2-4)

3.  Confession of sin (vs.5).

4.  Concern for others (vs.6).

5.  Consternation of spirit (vs.7-12).

6.  Composure in prayer (vs. 13-18).

7.  Comfort in God not men (vs. 19-20).

8.  Considerations of justice (vs. 21-28).

9.  Causes for praise (vs. 29-36).


Have you ever been in this cycle of spiritual growth?

If a particular verse ministered to your heart tonight would you be willing to share with the group why?

“Whole Psalm.  This has usually been regarded as a Messianic Psalm. No portion of the Old Testament Scriptures is more frequently quoted in the New, with the exception of Psalm 22.  When Jesus drives the buyers and sellers from the temple (Joh 2:17), his disciples are reminded of the words of Ps 69:9 (first clause).  When it is said (Joh 15:25) that the enemies of Jesus hated him without a cause, and this is looked upon as the fulfilment of Scripture, the reference is probably to verse 4, though it may be also to Ps 35:18.  To him, and the reproach which he endured for the sake of God, St. Paul refers the words of this Psalm, Ps 69:9 (second clause): The reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.  In Ps 69:12 we have a foreshadowing of the mockery of our Lord by the soldiers in the praetorium (Mt 27:27-30); in Ps 69:21, the giving of the vinegar and the gall found their counterpart in the scenes of the crucifixion, Mt 27:34.  In Joh 19:28, there is an allusion, probably to verse 21 of this Psalm, and to Ps 32:11. The imprecation in Ps 69:25 is said, in Ac 1:20, to have been fulfilled in the case of Judas Iscariot, though, as the words of the Psalm are plural, the citation is evidently made with some freedom. According to Ro 11:9-10, the rejection of Israel may best be described in the words of Ps 69:22-23.”
J. J. Stewart Perowne.


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