Psalm 69 … Consider Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth

But as for me, my prayer is to You, Lord, at an acceptable time;
God, in the greatness of Your mercy,
Answer me with Your saving truth.
(69:13).

David is drowning. Not literally of course; but he is in deep.

Save me, God,
For the waters have threatened my life.
I have sunk in deep mud, and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me,
(69:1-2).

I grew up in Southern California. The Pacific Ocean, while beautiful, has its dangers. I was about nine years old when I was caught in a rip current with my older cousin. I held on to her for dear life (actually I kept myself afloat by grasping her shoulders and pushing her under), until a lifeguard came to rescue us. We were in over our heads, simultaneously being pulled from the rip beneath us and hammered by the crashing waves atop our heads. That was a long time ago, but it remains one of my most vivid memories to this day. I will never forget that feeling of sheer terror as we faced the possibility of being swallowed alive by the combined forces of the dragging current below and the hammering waves above.

And it seems David is in just this kind of precarious place; being drug down and ripped by the lies of his enemies below…

Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
Those who would destroy me are powerful, those who oppose me with lies;
(69:4).
What I did not steal, I then have to restore.

…and being battered from above, by his God, for his own foolish sins.

God, You know my foolishness,
And my guilt is not hidden from You,
(69:5).

And from this place, he cries out to God, concerned not only for his own salvation but also for those who are seeking the Lord; praying for their well-being amidst the onslaught of the powerful lies from his enemy and the powerful discipline from his Lord; praying that even as he goes through this destructive deluge, he will still bring honor to the Name of the Lord.

May those who wait for You not be ashamed because of me, Lord God of armies;
May those who seek You not be dishonored because of me, God of Israel,
Because for Your sake I have endured disgrace;
Dishonor has covered my face,
(69:6-7).

Now that is faith. Engulfed by fears from all that he didn’t deserve, and from all that he did, he cries out, begging God to throw him a ring buoy, like a lifeguard carries into the raging waters to save a drowning victim. And as his nose is bobbing, barely above the surface, he turns to his only hope for life and salvation, to Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth.

But as for me, my prayer is to You, Lord, at an acceptable time;
God, in the greatness of Your mercy,
Answer me with Your saving truth,
(69:13).

Consider Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth

David needed Truth; Truth to Save him from the attacks of his enemies and from the punishment from Holy God he had rightfully earned. It is His Truth that Saves. Of course it is! And Truth is not a concept or a principle; Truth is a Person and His Name is Jesus. How do we know this? Jesus Himself told us; Jesus Himself claimed to be the Only One Who has the Answer. He is the One Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth.

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:5-6).

And Jesus prayed for all those who would come to the Father through faith in Him; for our need for His holy discipline; for our need to be sanctified and set apart for His holy purposes; and for our need to be kept afloat in every storm by Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth.

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth,” (John 17:17).

His Answer for our salvation and our sanctification, His Answer to rescue us from the flood of sin and despair, His Answer to deliver us from the torrent of trials and temptations, His Answer for every need we will ever have is provided in Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth.

And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life, (1 John 5:20).

How do we respond to Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth?

Whether or not one believes His Answer does not change Truth. But whether or not one believes His Answer will forever change a person’s eternal destiny.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God,” (John 3:16-18).

 We must respond by believing. Is it really that simple? Yes. But how often our pride and our self-sufficiency hinder our faith in His Answer, our only hope for deliverance from death.

The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine,
(Psalm 33:16-19).

When David confessed his foolishness, he was admitting to an unnamed wrongdoing that was clearly against the Lord, and he felt the guilt of his foolishness.

God, You know my foolishness,
And my guilt is not hidden from You,
(69:5).

But, trusting in self for deliverance is a foolishness of an entirely different dimension. Rejecting God’s Saving Truth is akin to foolishly trusting a lifeguard with a deflated life preserver who cannot even swim himself.

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him,
(Proverbs 26:12).

I recently had an email conversation about Christ with an avowed atheist. When I wrote about the evidences for my faith in Christ, I was met with an emphatic statement of faith, albeit a foolish vision concocted by man’s imagination. “Bottom line, I’m just not into it and science speaks to me much more clearly and factually. I know there are many Christian scientists out there who can prove Christ died for sins, the rock got moved, he ascended, etc.  But I just don’t believe it. I believe life came from cosmic ooze with lightning strikes that jump started the cellular replicating.” Wow… now, that takes a lot of faith to choose to believe that.

Thus says the Lord of hosts,
“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
They are leading you into futility;
They speak a vision of their own imagination,
Not from the mouth of the Lord,”
(Jeremiah 23:16).

Rejecting Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth is an act of misplaced faith that leads into futility: the futility of placing faith in false and foolish hope; the futility of placing faith in the words and musings of man for hope; the futility of placing faith in a hope that man is the apex of one’s destiny; the futility of placing faith in a hope that there is no accountability before a Holy and Just Creator. And this futility, this futility of misplaced faith in false hope, is deadly.

The hope of the righteous is gladness,
But the expectation of the wicked perishes,
(Proverbs 10:28).

But David’s faith was placed solely in his God and he knew Truth. David boldly made his appeal, knowing that as he called upon Him in Truth, the righteous Lord would be near to Answer him With His Saving Truth.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
And kind in all His works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
To all who call on Him in truth,
(Psalm 145:17-18).

I pray that if you have questions, today you would hear His testimony, listen to His voice, and in faith, reach out and take hold of the lifeline extended by Him Who Answers Us With His Saving Truth.

Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this purpose I have been born, and for this I have come into the world: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice,” (John 18:37).

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life, (1 John 5:11-12).

We currently find ourselves living in a time that can cause us to feel as though we are drowning, as though we are sinking in deep muddy water without a foothold of escape. For those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, let us not look to anything or anyone other than His Saving Truth for all the help we need, that our faith would bring honor and glory to His Name.

so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, in accordance with the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Thessalonians 1:12).

And let us ask Him to teach us and lead us in His ways, even when He disciplines us in the waiting. Oh, let us place our faith firmly in His steadfast love and care; for He alone is faithful, and He Will Answer all of us who belong to Him With His Saving Truth.

Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day, (Psalm 25:4-5).

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth,” (John 17:17).

Let’s Grow Together!

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