Psalms – Chapter 69: For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of David.

Welcome back as we continue our discussion of chapters in the book of Psalms.  Our last look in Psalms had us reading all about God ruling with equity.  LOL!  Will this chapter be more truthful?  One can always hope, right?

“I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched.  My eyes fail, looking for my God.” – Psalms 69:3

As we’ve seen, God is more interested in war and bloodlust than he is in helping people.  Might as well stop calling out for help and work on helping yourself.  You’ll be much more successful.

“You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.” – Psalm 69:5

Actually, it doesn’t seem like God knows your folly at all.  He’s not answering you or helping you in any way.

“…deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.” – Psalm 69:14

Is it possible people hate you because you’ve passed your hate along to them and harmed them?  David has harmed many in the name of God.  It might just be possible that people hate him for that.

“…answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.” – Psalm 69:17

Unless you are asking God to kill for you, he isn’t going to answer quickly.  Answering quickly, if at all, is not really God’s thing.  Evidence?  See the struggles of the Israelites.

“Pour out your wrath on them; let your fierce anger overtake them.” – Psalm 69:24

And herein lies the problem with Christianity.  Instead of asking for God to fill these people with love and kindness, the request is to ask God to pass his wrath onto them.  There are a few verses of kindness in the Bible, but even in the New Testament they are overwhelmed by verses of hate, anger, and unkind thoughts.

“But as for me, afflicted and in pain—may your salvation, God, protect me.” – Psalm 69:29

Again, this is the wrong request.  It’s a selfish request.  Protect me, but let the others perish!

“The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.” – Psalm 69:33

Really?  Look around.  If God exists, does he really hear the needy?

What is the take away from this chapter?  It’s a plea to God to protect one and not protect others.  Should not the request be to protect everyone?  If God exists, should not the request be to send evidence so the non-believers could be truly convinced?  No…the request is to destroy those who don’t obey without question.

Coming Soon:  Psalm – Chapter 70:  For the director of music. Of David. A petition.

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