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Poor and needy


Reading through the Psalms you see the ups and downs of King David's life. This man after God's own heart had to deal with his own sinful nature and the palace intrigues that threatened his reign and even caused betrayal in his own family.

Psalm 70 is called a Psalm of Remebrance because it echoes many of the same thoughts expressed in Psalm 40. It was obviously a time of great distress in King David's life and is therefore a plea for deliverance. We cannot know the weight of his circumstances. However, each of us knows at some level the anxiety of being alone, without human support, and pleading with God for some acknowledgement of his presence.

Read prayerfully.

Make haste, O God, to deliver me!

O Lord, make haste to help me!

Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life!

Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!

Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!”

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!

May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”

But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer;

O Lord, do not delay!

Verse 5 registered deeply with me. It is the recognition of his spiritual poverty before God. How many times does this kind of broken spirit need to characterize my plea before him. How I pray for that kind of spirit.

It's the Lord's Day. The last phrase of Psalm 70 is joyful---

You are my help and my deliverer...


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