Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
415 N. Mill Street   •   London, KY 40741   •   606-878-6108




    Special Series

    Bible Classes

    Q & A


Psalm 69

As one looks at the life of David we see that his life was filled with ups and downs. There were times of joy and times of sadness. From his youth David had great dependence upon God. He depended upon God as he slew the bear and lion in his tender age. He depended upon God as he faced the mighty Goliath. We see poor David as he flees about the land of Israel being pursued by King Saul wanting his death. we see David with many enemies compassed about him doing him harm. The adversaries of David were many which included those from other nations, those from his own nation and those of his own family. David spent many a sleepless night due to his adversaries. The Psalm of David in chapter 69 shows the great despair that had overcome David and his supplication to God for deliverance. In verses 1-3 David tells of his tears that he shed waiting for God to give relief. Have we also not been burdened in our own lives with grief so strong and prevailing that we have spent many a night in tears pleading to God for relief from the cause. Yes we can truly know how David felt. In verse 4 David declares that those who opposed and hated him without cause were more than the hairs of his head and that his enemies without cause wanted to destroy him. We all have those who are adversaries that are against us without a cause. In verse 7 David declares to God that he has borne reproach on behalf of the Almighty. In verse 8 he declares that he was a stranger unto his brethren and an alien unto his own family. All of this befell upon him because of his stand for serving God and defending the Almighty. Verse 9 states "For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up: and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me." David took it to heart that when God was reproached and he considered it also as a reproach against him. David declared that he became a proverb to them that reproached God and those elders who sat in the gate spoke against him and that he was a song of the drunkards. But in verse 13 David declares his dependence upon God to answer his prayer and provide relief. David prayed for deliverance to the only one who could supply that need and take away all the tears. In times of sorrow and deep despair the only place that we can turn to is to the Almighty God in Heaven. In verse 20 David makes this statement "Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness; and I looked for some to take pity but there was none; and for comforters but I found none." There are times in our life that no one upon this earth can supply us the comfort that we seek when distress and grief comes upon us. There are times when you might feel like you are facing and carrying those burdens alone with no one to help or to offer comfort. But God was David's strength, his comforter, his defender, his peace in time of despair and turmoil. David relied upon God as the only one who could give peace and David committed his life to God for that deliverance. God is awesome, God is mighty and God is to be greatly praised. Praise God for his abundant mercy and loving-kindness which he extends to us daily.



- Larry Bumgardner