Psalm 69

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David’s Persecution, Prayer, and Praise are Prophetic

Psalm 69

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Lesson Number 51

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. David’s persecution in Psalm 69 is typical of Christ’s suffering.
  2. David’s prayer in Psalm 69 is harmonious with New Testament teaching.
  3. David’s praise in Psalm 69 is prophetic of millennial blessings

Practical Application

  1. Let God determine the acceptable time!


  1. What type of psalm is Psalm 69?
  2. Where in the New Testament do we see Christ relating to David’s experience of persecution?
  3. David’s prayer in verses 22-28 can sound shocking to our modern ears. Is this a valid way to pray?
  4. Which of these imprecatory verses are quoted in the New Testament?
  5. Where does Psalm 69:9 show up again in the New Testament?


  1. Psalm 69 is a typical Messianic psalm. David was writing about his own experiences, but under the sovereignty of God they became typical of what the coming Messiah would go through.
  2. In John 15:25, the Lord quoted Psalm 69:4 in reference to His mistreatment by the Jews, “They hated Me without cause.”
  3. Of course. In this imprecatory prayer David is not out for personal revenge, rather he desires God’s righteous standards to be maintained. David calls down God’s judgment on his enemies.
  4. The Apostle Paul quotes verses 22 and 23 in Romans 11:9-10. He applies these verses to the Jewish people who had rejected their Messiah.
  5. The first part of verse 9 is fulfilled when the Lord cast the money changers out of the Temple (John 2:17). The last part is quoted in Romans 15:3.


  1. Both David and the Lord Jesus demonstrated long-suffering under persecution. Discuss the difference between suffering for the Lord’s sake and suffering for your own stupidity’s sake. Recall a time when you thought you were being long-suffering, when you were actually suffering the consequences of your own bad choices.
  2. Read Psalm 69:29-36. Discuss how these verses of praise look forward to the blessings of the millennial kingdom that our Lord will establish on this earth.


  1. Although David was suffering intense persecution and very much in need of help, he did not demand help from the Lord, but requests it in God’s acceptable time (verse 13). God’s timing is often different than our own. Are you willing to let God determine the acceptable time?

Key Verses

  • “Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies. You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor.” Psalm 69:18-19
  • “Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.” Psalm 69:20
  • “The humble shall see this and be glad; and you who seek God, your hearts shall live.” Psalm 69:32

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