Psalm 70: “But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me”

Our Psalm 70 study entitled “But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me” is now available here in a two-part series.

This Psalm starts “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance“, and goes on to show us what God wants us throughout our lives to be brought into remembrance of (Deu 5:15 , Heb 4:4-8 , 2Pe 1:3-11).

Deu 5:15  And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

Heb 4:4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Heb 4:7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Heb 4:8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Pe 1:5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:9  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
2Pe 1:11  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

We are blessed to come to see that we are “poor and needy” and need God to “make haste unto me” with His mercy being shown to us in this age which mercy is connected to His goodness which leads us unto repentance (Rom 2:4 , Psa 136:11-15).

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Psa 136:11  And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:12  With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 136:13  To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:14  And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:15  But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Those verses above in Psalms 136 show the correlation of how Israel’s journey out of Egypt is a type and shadow of the incredible work of grace and faith, or mercy and goodness (Rom 11:32-33), that God is working within His people, the body of Christ, who are being brought out of sin (Egypt in type) by the strong hand of God, just as Israel was brought through the wilderness together.

Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

When we are brought into remembrance of our need for repentance, or remembering what the law of liberty is telling us, or how the law of Christ operates in the body of Christ (Rom 2:4 , Jas 1:25 , Gal 6:2), God is doing a work in our lives through Christ which requires every joint of Christ’s body to contribute in the  purifying process that we must all go through as we come to be crushed or a salted with fire living sacrifices living to God’s glory (Mat 21:44 , Mar 9:49). It is this crushing process in the wilderness of this life within and without that brings us to a point where we are not trusting in our flesh but believing in Christ and His body (Heb 3:8-14).

Jas 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Heb 3:8  Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Heb 3:9  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Heb 3:10  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Heb 3:11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

This two part study of Psalm 70 is very much connected to verse 33 of Rom 11 which we just read: “the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out”. That wisdom and knowledge is connected to the mercy that our merciful and loving Father is showing to us, God’s elect, who say “But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me”.

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