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Psalm 69-72


A Devotional Journey   
     led by Dr Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
        Psalm 69 is a prayer for God=s mercy and vindication of the king in some sort of conspiracy he faces.  It is one of three consecutive prayers for relief from enemies  This psalm is quoted more times in the New Testament than any other, except Psalm 22, and is seen as a foreshadow of Christ's own sufferings. 
        Psalm 70 is a prayer in which the consequences of God's intervention both for those who seek my life and for those who seek Him are described. 
        Psalm 71 is the prayer of an old king facing opposition from those who would replace him.  It appears likely to be a psalm of David because of it location between a psalm ascribed to David and one credited to Solomon.  The key element in this psalm (and in the other two of the series) is hope.
        Psalm 72 may be a coronation hymn for Solomon's investiture.  The Jews would later see in this hymn prophesy regarding the coming Messiah, and the early Christians would agree. 
        The last three verses of Psalm 72 form the concluding doxology for Book II of the collection and therefore are not strictly part of this song.  Verse 20 is an editorial note.
        Life embraces such a variety of experiences and concerns; yet God is ready to help us meet and handle them all.  The writers of these psalms, or psalmists as they are technically called, lead us through a variety of events, problems, expressions of guilt and personal threats to the point where those involved found reason to rejoice in God's goodness and praise Him for His reliability. 
        Today, pick a song from your favorite hymn book or from the praise songs and choruses you know by heart and think through the words.  From the beginning of His relationship with human beings we have responded to God's goodness with singing.  Try doing some of the yourself all day -- even if you do so silently in your own mind.  Such a practice changes our feelings and sometimes our circumstances as well.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010