Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Studying Psalm 69 (9 Mar)

Q1a. How many times did the psalmist ask of the Lord to rescue him from “sinking”?
Ans: 2xs (v2 and v14-15)

Q2.What is the theme of this psalm?
Ans: In the first section (v1-21), we see the frailty of the human Christ, crying out to His Father from the cross for deliverance from the totality of sin.
In the second section (v22-28), we see the avenging Christ speaking judgement upon the ungodly at Armageddon.
Finally (v29-36), we see the faithfulness of the reigning Christ during the Millennium, honouring His promises to those who receive Him. (Marilyn Hickey)

Q3.What is the key verse?
Ans: v35 “For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it.”

Q4. What is the context of the psalm?
Ans: Psalm 69 was written by King David at a time of great distress but the matter of distress is not known. It is suggested by Michael Wilcock that David’s enthusiasm for the temple his son was to build (zeal for your house, v9), including a big financial contribution as well as detailed plans, landed him in some deeply embarrassing affair. He was forced to restore what he did not steal (v4). Whatever lies behind the phrase, enemies contrived to make him seem guilty and most people believed them. (Michael Wilcock)


Q5. What is the subject of the psalm?
Ans: How to face challenges in our lives?

Q6. What are the complements?
Ans: a) Call on the Lord. (v1-12)
b) Confess who the Lord is.(v13-19)
c) Claim the promises of God.(v22-36)

Citations: (Lay Ching's notes)
1.Marilyn Hickey, “Psalms: Classic Library Edition.” (page 176)
2.Michael Wilcock, “BST: The Message of Psalms, 1-72.” (page 240)

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