Psalms 69:13-19 “Turn Unto Me…” – Part 4

Psalms 69:13-19

“Turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies”

Psa 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
Psa 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Psa 69:15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Psa 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
Psa 69:17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
Psa 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
Psa 69:19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

Last week we discussed amongst other things how the elect sing a new song (the song of Moses mentioned here in Exo 15:1 and Rev 15:3) which is a song that the world is attracted to outwardly but are not able to commit to inwardly.

Exo 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Eze 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

This song that was taught to Israel by Moses is one of praising God for the physical victory over the enemies of old which typifies the victory that God alone can give us over sin today because of the life of Christ abiding within Christ’s armoured body the church that stands together (Eph 6:13-14) against the spiritual enemies at the gate of our hearts within and without, enemies of which our Lord has promised will not prevail (Mat 16:18, Luk 12:32).

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Rom 6:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

1Co 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.

The enemy will not prevail:

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Mat 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against her.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatever you bind on earth shall occur, having been bound in Heaven. And whatever you may loose on the earth shall be, having been loosed in Heaven. (LITV)

Luk 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

This song was written in ‘the same day’ by Moses and taught to “the children of Israel”, the “congregation of Israel”, and “in the ears of the people” as a witness (Deu 31:20-22) to what Israel of old would do after they were delivered and brought into a land flowing with milk and honey. The obvious parallel is how God’s people will witness throughout the millennium and sing the song of Moses which will witness to the world, that without Christ within us there is no true overcoming or conversion even in the most ‘idyllic’ situation where we are doing many wonderful works, but not yet able to attribute all our life as his workmanship that Christ is working in both to will and to do of God’s good pleasure (Mat 7:22, Eph 2:10, Php 2:13).

Deu 31:22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.
Deu 31:30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.
Deu 32:44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.

To see and hear the word of God and to articulate and speak on the things which are hidden from the natural man (1Co 2:14) is to be able to sing the song of Moses and this song is sung in “an acceptable time” and unfolding in the life of God’s people because of His great mercy which is revealed “in the truth of thy salvation”.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Gen 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

We will look once again at the tender mercies of God and see how they are connected with our knowing that this is “an acceptable time” in the lives of those few who are being prepared by God to reveal the Father and the Son just as Christ continues to reveal the Father to us through the manifold knowledge of the church which makes us a lovely song and a pleasant voice of Christ unto one another.

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Joh 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
Joh 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God

Mat 26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Mat 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
Mat 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

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God’s people are predestined to experience hatred from the world and even from those of our own families who will speak evil against Christ and our blessed relationship with him. David speaks to the solution in type and shadow of what God’s elect are to do when we feel we are sinking in the mire of this world, or in need of being “delivered from them that hate me” or feeling like a “waterflood” is going to “overflow me”:

Psa 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

The answer is to cry out to God who brings us to our wits’ end so that we may utter these words God willing: “But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation” and we cry out “Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.”

As we read further into this study we will see that the spirit of David is truly in type and shadow for us as he  cannot pray for his enemies as we can, and yet God uses king David as a type of the elect who continues to plead with God like the widow in (Luk_18:5) and deliver him from his enemies who are for David all outward enemies but who represent for us our inward battle against powers and principalities as well as those who God does allow to come up against us in this age.

Luk 18:5  Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

Whether the attack from someone is without or we are struggling with something within, it is yet a battle that is not against flesh and blood but rather powers and principalities that our Lord is far above and sovereign over and controlling for our good (Eph_6:12 , Eph_1:21 , 2Co_10:4 , Rom_8:28)

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds😉

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God has called the elect to a prayer that is infinitely higher than what David has uttered, for our benefit at this “acceptable” time in our life.

Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness [sinking in the mire]; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

God’s “tender mercies” toward David are expressed for God’s elect today. His tender mercies are once again connected to his “lovingkindness” that are shown by God judging our souls so that they can be redeemed (1Pe 4:17). He is not hiding his face from his servants today, rather he is taking us through our many tribulations (Act 14:22) and hearing us speedily in our time of need as he prepares us for that glorious day when we will no longer just see in part, but as his servants will see him “face to face”.

2Sa 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
2Sa 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
2Sa 12:15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

David very clearly demonstrates (in type) how God moves us to have a sense of urgency over the matter of our high calling in Christ which is centered around being delivered from ourselves by a loving Father who continues to show his “lovingkindness” to us.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

We are made zealous to run this race as a result of seeing our need to become something we’re not, and that zeal is a salvational quality that God is forming in those who know they have need of a physician (Luk 5:31). This thought keeps coming back on the lips of David’s mouth for our sakes “Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee”, demonstrating that David has not lost sight of the strong arm that has delivered him from the bondage of sin.

2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2Co 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Psa 136:10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 136:13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

We can’t hide anything from God, and we are blessed to be able to cast all our cares upon him, including our sins and weaknesses, because He cares for us (1Pe 5:7). God demonstrates that care by drawing near to our souls and redeeming them through a ministry of reconciliation (2Co 5:18, Mat 18:15-18). We are being delivered primarily from our enemies within as we die daily and are baptized into the death of Christ (Rom 6:4), but God also tells us not to be afraid of what men can do to our flesh (Mat 10:28) because He will deliver us through all our trials (Psa 34:19), and there is no weapon formed that can prosper against his salvational purpose for us. In fact it is all working together for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose at this acceptable time (Isa 54:17, Rom 8:28).

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