Psalm 69

Lamentation / Imprecatory

            Save Me, O God, In Your Lovingkindness

            13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time;

            O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness,

            Answer me with Your saving truth.

·         None of us have sufferings peculiar to ourselves. No temptation has befallen us but such as is common to men. Let us neither faint, nor rebel, neither be soured by discontent, nor sink into despair. Answers to earnest, hearty, believing prayer may, for wise and holy purposes be long delayed. The Father answered the Son in the best time and in the best way; but not till reproach had broken his heart, not till his followers were nonplused with his sufferings and humiliation, not till he had lain in the sepulcher of Joseph.

·         In the worst case that we can be in, let us hold fast the privilege of prayer. Of this none can deprive us.

·         There is a time accepted, acceptable to God, a time fit for our respective duties. God will not bless the farmer, who plants corn in mid-winter, nor the man, who defers prayer till life is gone.

·         All our hope is not merely in the fact that God is merciful, but that his mercy abounds. In God we find “mercy, a multitude of mercies, all kinds of mercy, inexhaustible mercy, mercy enough for all, enough for each.”