The Psalms of Holy Week

Second Sunday of Pentecost

When I Was Thirsty, They Gave Me Vinegar

Psalm 69

Out of the depths of his misery, the Psalm writer says, "heaven and earth will praise our God."

Even at the very worst of times, God gives us the strength to praise him.

Just as in Psalm 22, see if you can trace the progression from complaint (all three parts - my own injuries, the remoteness of God, the cruelty of my enemies), through request, then affirmation, and then to the final promise to praise.

Please note that we are praising our God, not my God. Even though the writer seems all alone in his suffering, when it is time to praise God he sees himself as a part of a huge group - all heaven and all earth - joined in praising God together.

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