One of the amazing things about the Bible—the Old Testament particularly—is the way various authors refer to their own experiences and yet they prophesied about Jesus—the coming Messiah. This is a miracle of divine inspiration. As the apostle Peter wrote—“No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
We see this in Psalm 69. Much of what David wrote refers to his own suffering. But notice that when Jesus predicted the persecution He was about to face at the cross, He quoted verse 21 from David’s psalm—“But this happened so that the statement written in their scripture might be fulfilled: “They hated me for no reason.” And later David wrote–“For my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink”—which, of course, happened.
These are amazing Old Testament prophesies regarding the suffering of Jesus. More significantly, these prophesies relate to the fact that He has become our great high priest who can identify with all of our own pain and suffering. Here is what the author of Hebrews wrote:
“Although he was the Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. After he was perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, and he was declared by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Yes, David prophesied regarding our great high priest Jesus Christ. Consequently, let’s remember this principle to live by: When we face difficulties, we should approach God with confidence, knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ is our mediator and is continually representing us before God.
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