David and Jesus

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 69:8-21

This Psalm speaks of both David and Jesus. The parts about David remind us of our human weaknesses. The parts about Jesus reveal his superiority over sinful human beings. For example, in verse 5, David acknowledges his guilt. But Jesus is sinless. In verse 24, David asks God to punish his enemies. But Jesus prayed for the forgiveness of those crucifying him.

Some parts of the Psalm are prophecies about Jesus. We call these “Messianic passages” since Messiah is the Hebrew word for Christ. Verse 9 says, “Zeal for your house consumes me” (v. 9). When Jesus cast out the people who were using the temple as a place to make financial gain, the disciples realized that he was referring to this verse.

When Jesus on the cross described his great thirst, it was in fulfillment of verse 21 of this Psalm, “They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst” (v. 21).

On Good Friday, Christians focus on Jesus’ suffering on the cross which caused this thirst referred to in this Psalm. I learned a little bit about thirst when in India. It hadn’t rained in 2 years, so we were rationed 2 glasses of water a day in a very hot season of the year! Yet this was nothing compared to the thirst of Christ. What a great price he paid for our salvation. Accept that salvation!


Father, make us more like your Son. In His name. Amen.