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Psalm 70: A Reflection

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Psalm 70 (KJV)

1 Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.

2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

3 Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.

4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

5 But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.

About this psalm

This particular Psalm is written by the Psalmist David. The King David here asks the Lord to remember him. Of course, God does not forget, as we are aware. But Author David here wants to call on God. He pleads to God for three things that he needs during this particular time in his life. In this passage, we can see the Psalmist David pleads for three specific things. These three things are the three prayers here he mentions within this prayer. Let's discover them.

Prayer for his rescue

"Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord" (Psalm 70:1). KJV).

This psalm commences with the psalmist's plea for help. David here realizes that his help comes from no one else but from God himself. In fact, we can see here that he is asking God for quick help, and not delaying it.

David here reminds us that when we are in trouble, there is Someone we can always call for help. This is very comforting to know and note. Then, the psalmist points us clearly to Someone. And the best thing about it is, that Someone is One who is higher than us for He is the One who created us. In this particular verse, David mentions God, whom he asks for help. Thus, our surest help comes from no one else but God himself.

Prayer for his enemies

"Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

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Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha"

(Psalm 70:2-3, KJV).

In these verses, David prays for his enemies. He prays for people who run after him, those who want to destroy and even kill him actually. His prayer for them is not to kill them in return. His prayer for them is to put them to shame that they may understand what they have been doing.

As God's people, the Psalmist David reminds us that we need to pray for our enemies. We need to pray that God would enlighten them and see the evil things that they are doing. Pray for wisdom for and change of heart for this type of people.

Prayer for the righteous

"Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified" (Psalm 70:4, KJV).

King David teaches us what to pray for in this passage. He notes two specific things that we should pray for those who are in the Lord. First, he implies that we should pray for the happiness of God's people. That they should be happy in God. David here brings to our attention the idea that the Christian life is not a bed of roses. He understands that every now and then, Christians face different types of troubles in their lives. Thus he asks us to pray for them. Second, the Writer David points out that we should pray that those who serve God repeatedly lift up Christ in their Christian life.

Prayer for himself

"But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying" (Pslam 70:5, KJV).

King David begins his prayer for himself with humility. He starts with a recognition of himself as "poor and needy." He sees his own greatest need of God. He recognizes God as his Helper and Deliverer.

What a beautiful thought the psalmist teaches us here. Note how the psalmist outlines specific steps here when we come to God. First, we need to humble ourselves. Second, we need to feel our own need for God. Third, we need to recognize God as our Helper and Savior and that apart from Him, we are actually helpless.

Concluding thoughts

Psalm 70 is an important passage to study about prayer. Here, the Psalmist David teaches us a lesson on prayer. He gives us an idea of what to pray for, and how we should pray. He also reminds us that as a body of Christ we need to pray for each other. He implies that we need more prayers because as followers of Christ, we all have our individual challenges and struggles every now and then.

May this personal study offer you some aids, as you seek to deepen your own relationship with Christ. May you find this useful, as it did for me in my journey with God and His word, throguh this Psalm.

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