¶ <<To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, A Psalm of David.>>
Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
.3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
.4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
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... deep waters God is ready to respond to our deepest needs.
"My soul" means "me" or "my self." For "mire" see on ps04002.
2 - Floods From shibboleth "a flowing stream."
3 - Crying Calling out for help, not weeping.
4 - Without a cause Compare Jesus' situation jn1525.
| 5 O God, thou knowest
my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
6 Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
|5 - Not hid See ps13901. Remember to read more than one verse in passages linked to.|
| 7 Because for thy sake
I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.
.8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children.
.9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
|9 - David's passion was to build the temple. Since he is a type of Christ, his words were prepared by the Holy Spirit to reflect Christ's passion for the temple which should have represented the way of salvation jn0217..|
| 11 I made sackcloth
also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.
12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
13 ¶ But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.
.14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
|You can see the picture of Christ continuing.|
| 15 Let not the waterflood
overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut
her mouth upon me.
16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
.17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.
18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
| 19 Thou hast known my
reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before
20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
.21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
¶ Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should
have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
.25 Let their habitation be desolate; and let none dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.
|22 - At first glance we might feel that David was out of place to be calling for curses on his enemies. Then we remember that he wrote under inspiration and was calling for the punishment God had promised for those who choose evil.|
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with
29 But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.
30 ¶ I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
- Blotted out Books or scrolls symbolize God's record system
Apparently provision is also made to include non-Israelites or, to generalize,
good people who have not known much about the Scriptures ps08706.
29 - Poor Not in money but in how he is treated. As ps02231.
30 - Name See ps00511, ps00717.
31 - Please the Lord better ps04006, 1sa1522.
31 - Horns and hoofs The literary comparison is between theses harsh elements and the beauty of a song in the previous verse.
| 32 The humble shall
see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
33 For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
.34 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.
35 For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession.
36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.
- Shall live The heart of those who seek God will be refreshed.
33 - Prisoners Those who suffer for His sake mt0511.
34 - Heaven All are to praise him. See ps09611, ps148.
35 - Save Zion ... build Looking forward to the final fulfillment. Literal Israel chose to follow Caesar and rejected their Messiah. But there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Those oppressed here for Christ will inherit that city v36. re2101.