Today you should read: Psalm 69
William MacDonald discusses Jesus’ cries in this way: “Here in Psalm 69 we are privileged to hear the deepest exercises of His holy soul as He sinks into death. In a real sense (in verses 1-3) God has gathered all the waters together in one place – Calvary – and the Son of His love is enduring that mighty ocean of judgment in order to pay the penalty for our sins.”
Psalm 69 is the cry of our Savior dying a criminal’s death at Calvary even though he had committed no crime. It was our sin that sent Him to the cross, and out of obedience, He would endure the gigantic wave of God’s wrath to pay for the sins of those who would trust in Him.
Take a moment to think about the deep cries Jesus let out during His crucifixion. Enemies surrounded Him all the time. He was slandered, dishonored, shamed, and constantly accused. The world, in Jesus’ day, was looking for a military authority and did not recognize Him as the Messiah. We read of his despair in verses 19-20.
“You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.”
Please take time to notice the phrase “all my enemies are before me”. Who were his enemies? His enemies were those who sent Him to the cross. Who were those who sent Him to the cross? You and me. We all, at one time, were enemies of God, hostile in our thinking (Romans 8:7), but by God’s grace He plucked his people from the dominion of darkness and placed us in the dominion of light (Colossians 1:13, Ephesians 1:1-5). Let this sink into your heart like the wrath of God sank into His Son at Calvary: Jesus, in His infinite mercy and grace, made us, who were once hostile towards God, His friends.
Verse 20 probably resonates the cry of the majority of your Christian life. While on this earth, Jesus was mocked, shamed, ridiculed, questioned, and accused. Expect the same during your time on earth. If we are Christ-followers, we ought to expect the same type of treatment. With this in mind, we can endure such opposition knowing that we have an eternal hope (Romans 1:1-5).
Beginning in verse 22, you will notice a change in the Savior’s tone. He now cries out to God that the unrighteous will be utterly destroyed and that God’s wrath might consume them. If you are like me at all this is a bit overwhelming to think through. Jesus is loving and just, and in Luke 23:34 He cried out that God would forgive people. The two different cries are not in conflict, however, for now that Jesus has made possible the way unto righteousness, He is now crying out against all those who reject this gift and do not believe on Him for salvation. As Jesus took all the wrath of God upon Himself, we see His final cry in verses 29-30. Verse 29 sends chills down my spine because just as God upheld and protected His only son by salvation, that same cry is true of us today. His salvation and protection upheld Jesus and by His resurrecting power God, restored Him in heaven on His throne.
Picture this: just as God restored Jesus back to His position in heaven, we too, by God’s grace have already been established in a right relationship with God through Jesus’ death on the cross. Already we, because of Jesus’ obedience, are in right standing before God. One day, as we take our last breath, we will be established again in our original home – heaven – all because of the covenant God made with Abraham. Praise Him that His promise is still taking place today!
Deuteronomy 6:5 → Matthew 28:19-20
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Posted by: Zach Monroe