Scriptures

Psalm 70

Introduction

In this psalm, David appears to be in some kind of predicament where he needed urgent help from the Lord. He knew that the Lord would deliver him, but he pleads that God doesn’t take His time in responding to his appeal.

The words in this psalm are more and less the same as the words David uses in Psalm 40:13-17.

Heading

‘For the director of music. Of David. A petition.’

Although the headings aren’t inspired by God, they are important because they give us some understanding about the Psalm and they help us to see why it was written. The headings usually tell us four things.

1. Who wrote them, probably wrote them or possibly wrote them.

2. Information about the historical background to the Psalm. Why it was written.

3. They tell us of the tune the Psalm was written to.

4. How it was used.

The heading tells us that this is a petition, that is, an appeal of David. It was written for the director of music. Some commentators believe that ‘director or music’ is God Himself and others believe that it is a song leader who led choirs or musicians, 1 Chronicles 6:33 / 1 Chronicles 16:17 / 1 Chronicles 25:6.

‘Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, LORD, to help me. May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” turn back because of their shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!” But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; LORD, do not delay.’ Psalm 70:1-5

David begins by asking God to quickly come and help him because he felt that his enemies sought to take his life and so he asks the Lord to put them to shame, be confused and disgraced.

If we apply this to Christ, this would be referring to the times when Christ life was in danger, Matthew 26:18 / John 7:6 / John 18:6.

The words, ‘Aha! Aha!, are words of reproach and contempt. They are used when a person rejoices over a fallen enemy, Psalm 35:21 / Psalm 35:25 / Ezekiel 25:3.

If we apply these words to Christ, they would be referring to taunts and reproaches of his enemies after He was arrested, Matthew 27:29-31 / Mark 15:29-30.

David now calls all those who seek God, those who long for God’s salvation to rejoice and be glad, he wants them to glorify the Lord together, by saying ‘the LORD is great’.

David felt ‘poor and needy’, these are words which imply poverty and sorrow.

If we apply these words to Christ, we know that He owned nothing, except the clothes He wore. He had nowhere to lay His head, Luke 9:58, He was rich but became poor for our sake, so that we can be rich, 2 Corinthians 8:9. He was certainly a man of sorrows, Isaiah 53:3.

David once again asks God to come quickly to help him, he doesn’t want any delays, he wants God to help him now. David felt secure in knowing that God cared for him and so he asks God to be his helper and deliverer, Psalm 18:2, he asks God to help him without any delay.

When we think of Christ, these words show a strong confidence in God, the Father, in the midst of His afflictions and sorrows, with earnest pleading, coming from the depth of those sorrows, that God would intervene for Him, Matthew 27:46 / John 19:30 / Luke 23:46.

Conclusion

David expressed no doubt that the Lord would come to his rescue, it was just a matter of when. There were those who were seeking to kill him, and so, he felt that if the Lord didn’t come soon, he would be killed. The situation was whether the help from the Lord would arrive in time.

As Christians, we often find ourselves in desperate situations where we need God to answer our prayers right there and then. Although there are times when we have to wait for our prayers to be answered, we mustn’t lose sight of a few important truths.

1. God wants us to call on Him for help when we’re going through desperate times, Psalm 50:15 / Psalm 91:14-16 / Psalm 145:18-20 / Isaiah 41:17 / Isaiah 65:24 / Jeremiah 33:3 / Micah 7:7.

2. God wants us to know that when we’re going through desperate times, we can rely on Him to help us, Matthew 6:25-27 / Matthew 6:30-31 / John 15:5 / Philippians 2:13 / Philippians 4:19 / 1 Peter 5:7.

3. God wants us to know that when we’re going through desperate times, we can totally trust Him, Proverbs 3:5-6 / Proverbs 28:26 / Isaiah 41:13 / Jeremiah 17:5-7 / Jeremiah 32:27 / 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Desperate times comes to us all, David’s world felt like it closing in on him and he felt his situation was hopeless. However, he turned to God to save him, and we too, would be wise to follow his example.

Our God isn’t only able to save, He’s able to completely save His people in desperate times, Hebrews 7:25.

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DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;'"

John 11:25

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