Read Psalms 69:1 through 70:5; Acts 21:27
Psalm 69 has been referred to as a prophetic psalm that points to Jesus. Certainly Jesus knew the words of this psalm and experienced much of what it describes.
Jesus didn’t meet the expectations of those who had been waiting for the Messiah. They didn’t want to be told to love their enemies and to pray for those who persecuted them. They wanted a Messiah who would lead them to victory over the Romans. From the early days of His ministry, Jesus was harassed, criticized, and scorned.
After three-and-a-half intense years, death loomed before Him as the only way to free people from sin’s power. In the garden Jesus may have wondered if He could endure all He was to face. Perhaps He prayed these words:
Do not hide your face from your servant (Psalm 69:17).
Jesus endured the Cross. He conquered death so that all who believe in Him will live. Because of what Jesus did, God does not have to hide his face from His people when they sin. Instead, forgiveness, restoration, and God’s presence are available.
Prayer Suggestion: God, Thank You for salvation.
Quicklook: Psalm 69:14–21
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