Psalm 69 - overcomer - The Zeal for Your House
Work in Progress
Tune: See Psalm 45
for the tune and "Upon the water-lillies"
Thus for the second time we have a Psalm entitled "upon the lilies." In the forty-fifth they were golden lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh, and blooming in the fair gardens which skirt the ivory palaces: in this we have the lily among thorns, the lily of the valley, fair and beautiful, blooming in the garden of Gethsemane. - C. H. Spurgeon
This Psalm seems to be almost entirely about the Lord Jesus except for v5.
- 1st request: Save me.
1st suffering: David is drowning in deep waters, which are deep troubles.
"For the waters are come in unto my soul." Sorrows, deep, abounding, deadly, had penetrated his inner nature. Bodily anguish is not his first complaint; he begins not with the gall which embittered his lips, but with the mighty griefs which broke into his heart. All the sea outside a vessel is less to be feared than that which finds its way into the hold. A wounded spirit who can bear (Prov. 18:14
). Our Lord in this verse is seen before us as a Jonah, crying, "The waters compassed me about, even to the soul" (Jonah 2:5
). He was doing business for us on the great waters, at his Father's command; the stormy wind was lifting up the waves thereof, and he went down to the depths till his soul was melted because of trouble. In all this he has sympathy with us, and is able to succour us when we, like Peter, beginning to sink, cry to him, "Lord, save, or we perish." - Spurgeon
- 2nd suffering: David is sunk in deep mire, which is a deeply confused state. I can't go forward to follow the Lord.
I feel this way when I have too much too do, and I am afraid to do it.
"I sink in deep mire." In water one might swim, but in mud and mire all struggling is hopeless; the mire sucks down its victim.
"Where there is no standing." Everything gave way under the Sufferer; he could not get foothold for support—this is a worse fate than drowning. ... Let our hearts feel the emotions, both of contrition and gratitude, as we see in this simile the deep humiliation of our Lord. I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. The sorrow gathers even greater force; he is as one cast into the sea, the waters go over his head. His sorrows were first within, then around, and now above him. ... His sufferings were unlike all others in degree, the waters were such as soaked into the soul; the mire was the mire of the abyss itself, and the floods were deep and overflowing. To us the promise is, "the rivers shall not overflow thee" (Isa. 43:2
), but no such word of consolation was vouchsafed to him. My soul, thy Well beloved endured all this for thee. Many waters could not quench his love, neither could the floods drown it (SoS 8:7
); and, because of this, thou hast the rich benefit of that covenant assurance, "as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee" (Isa. 54:9
). He stemmed the torrent of almighty wrath, that we might for ever rest in Jehovah's love. - Spurgeon
- 3rd suffering: God is not answering me. Maybe this is the deep mire in v2.
- lit. what I took not away I then returned
4th suffering: Many strong enemies are trying to put an end to me.This is in addition to the deep waters in vv1-2 because of v14
- lit. and my trespasses from You are not hidden.
1st possible reason for my suffering.
Because of my folly and guilt in v5, I pray that God's seekers not be ashamed or confused.
- lit. Shame covered my face.
- lit. and an alien to my mother's sons.
5th suffering: My relatives are distant from me.
- lit. and the reproaches of them that reproach Thee
6th suffering: I am being reproached.
2nd reason for my suffering. The first reason in v5 was a possible reason. This is a definite one.
- lit. and insults to me it became.
This verse through v12 give details of the reproaches upon me in v9.
- lit. a proverb I became to them
- 3rd request. first praise
This is the best way to answer reproach.
This is the turning point in the Psalm from looking at my situation to God's mercy.
- 3rd request continued through v18
I pray regarding my sufferings: #2 sinking in the mire (v2
), #4 those who hate me (v4
), and #1 depths of waters (v1
). The "and" connecting "my haters" with "depths of waters" indicates that these are 2 different sufferings.
The reason for God to answer me.
This builds on the turning point in v13. I know Your mercy is good.
--- stopped here ---
- lit. answer me speedily
v19 - lit. You know my reproach
- lit. and for comforters, but I found none.
This did not happen to David, but to his descendant, Jesus.
- 4th request through v29
v26 - lit. for they pursue him whom You have smitten, and they talk for the sorrow of those whom You have wounded.
v31 - ref Ps 40:6; Hos 6:6
v33 2nd praise through the end of the psalm
The Lord's captives are Christians whose lives are given to Him.
v35 Why does David say, cities of Judah instead of Israel? "Judah" refers to the Jewish people specifically, and "Israel" refers to God's chosen people, both Old Testament saints and Christians. I think this refers to the millenium and the physical land of Israel.
v36 I think "the seed of His servants" are the Jewish people. "They that love His name" are Christians who are grafted into Israel.
-copyright Steve Miller 1/29/2023
Save me, O God for the waters
as far as the soul have come.
I am sunk in deep mire wherein
there's nothing to stand upon.
I am come into the depths of waters,
and the flood o'er me prevails.
I am exhausted in my calling Thee
my throat is scorched. My eyes fail
2 while waiting on my God's answer.
Those that hate me for nothing,
the hairs of my head outnumber.
They're mighty that would slay me
being wrongfully enemies to me.
I return what I took not
O God, You have known about my folly .
My guilt from Thee is hid not.
Let not them that wait on Thee, LORD,
God of hosts, be shamed by me.
Let not those that are seeking Thee
be confused because of me,
O God of Israel. 7
Because for Thy sake
I've borne scorn. Shame's on my face.
I've become stranger unto my brothers,
and an alien to my race.
For the zeal of Your house devoured,
it consumed, has eaten me,
and reproaches that reproach Thee
have fallen now upon me.
And I wept in the fasting of my soul.
Insults to me it became.
And I gave sackcloth for my garment, so
a proverb then I became.
5 12 Sitters in the gate talk of me,
with the songs of drunk people.
But as for me, my prayer's to Thee,
LORD, in time acceptable.
God, in abundance of Your great mercy,
answer me, in the truth of
salvation. 14 Do
from sinking into the mud.
6 Deliver me from my haters,
and out of depths of waters.
Let not the flood of the waters
o'erflow me nor me cover.
neither let the deep swallow me to keep.
Let not the pit its mouth shut
over top of
O LORD answer me
because Your mercy is good:
7 According to the abundance
of thy most tender mercies
turn toward me 17
and do not hide
Your face from Your servant, me,
for I'm in trouble. Answer speedily.
18 Draw nigh to my soul redeem
ransom me because of my enemies.
19 You know how low I'm esteemed
8 and my disgrace and dishonour .
All my foes are before Thee.
have broken my heart,
and I am in misery.
and I waited for one to sympathize,
but t'were none, nor comforters.
And they gave me gall for my food and for
my thirst they gave vinegar.
Let their table a snare become
before them, and their welfare,
a stumbling block let it become.
23 Let their eyes become darkened,
that they cannot see, and continually
make their backs to be down bent.
24 Pour out Your anger upon them, and let
Your fury take hold of them.
Let their dwelling be desolate.
In their tents be there no one.
26 For they speak to increase the pain
and pursue whom You've smitten.
They talk to sorrow of those whom You pierced.
27 Give ini-quity upon
their iniquity, and Your righteousness
into it let them not come.
11 28 Blot them out from the book of life,
with righteous not be written.
29 But I'm lowly and sorrowful.
O God, let Thy salvation
set me up on high. 30 I will praise God's name
in a song and extol Him
in thanksgiving, 31 and it shall please the LORD
more than an ox, hoofed and horned.
12 32 The meek did see. They that God seek
shall be glad, and your heart live.
33 For the LORD hears the needy and
despises not His captives.
34 Let heavens and earth praise the One of worth;
the seas and all that moves there.
35 For God saves Zion, and builds the cities
of Judah, and they'll dwell there
13 and possess it. 36 And the seed of
His servants inherit it,
and they that love His name shall dwell
therein as full citizens.
-copyright Steve Miller 1/29/2023
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
The waters encompassed me, as far as the soul: The deep was round about me, The weeds were wrapped about my head.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love, Neither do the floods drown it: Even if a man gave all the substance of his house for love, It would utterly be contemned.
For this is as the waters of Noah unto me, since I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth: so have I sworn that I will no more be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
If I had not done among them the works which no other one has done, they had not had sin; but now they have both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But that the word written in their law might be fulfilled, They hated me without a cause.
He was in the world, and the world had its being through him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came to his own, and his own received him not;
12 but as many as received him, to them gave he the right to be children of God, to those that believe on his name;
7:5 for neither did his brethren believe on him.
And the passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And he found in the temple the sellers of oxen and sheep and doves, and the money-changers sitting;
15 and, having made a scourge of cords, he cast them all out of the temple, both the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the change of the money-changers, and overturned the tables,
16 and said to the sellers of doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it is written, The zeal of thy house devours me.
Romans 15:1 But we ought, we that are strong, to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2 Let each one of us please his neighbour with a view to what is good, to edification.
3 For the Christ also did not please himself; but according as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproach thee have fallen upon me.
4 For as many things as have been written before have been written for our instruction, that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
(for he says, I have listened to thee in an accepted time
, and I have helped thee in a day of salvation: behold, now is the well-accepted time; behold, now the day of salvation:)
Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith Jehovah, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to the servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise, princes, and they shall worship, because of Jehovah who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who hath chosen thee.
8 Thus saith Jehovah: In a time of acceptance have I answered thee, and in the day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the land, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 saying to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pasture shall be on all bare hills.
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them will lead them, and by the springs of water will he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be raised up.
12 Behold, these shall come from afar; and behold, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now finished, that the scripture might be fulfilled
, says, I thirst.
29 There was a vessel therefore there full of vinegar, and having filled a sponge with vinegar, and putting hyssop round it, they put it up to his mouth.
30 When therefore Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished; and having bowed his head, he delivered up his spirit.
And David says, Let their table be for a snare, and for a gin, and for a fall-trap, and for a recompense to them:
10 let their eyes be darkened not to see, and bow down their back alway.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled in order that they might fall? Far be the thought: but by their fall there is salvation to the nations to provoke them to jealousy.
12 But if their fall be the world's wealth, and their loss the wealth of the nations, how much rather their fulness?
13 For I speak to you, the nations, inasmuch as *I* am apostle of nations, I glorify my ministry;
14 if by any means I shall provoke to jealousy them which are my flesh, and shall save some from among them.
15 For if their casting away be the world's reconciliation, what their reception but life from among the dead?
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those that are sent unto her, how often would I have gathered thy children as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate;
39 for I say unto you, Ye shall in no wise see me henceforth until ye say, Blessed be he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no dweller in it; and, Let another take his overseership.