BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 69 – Headline “Sinking in Mire”


Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Psalm 69

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • As David, So Jesus, Jeremiah, and Jonah
  • Paying what isn’t owed
  • The mire “red clay”
  • The Books of heaven

An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” (Heb. Shoshanni)  A Psalm of David.

Psalm 69:Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck (Lit. soul).
Psalm 69:I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters,
Where the floods overflow me.
  • The Deep Mire
    • Jeremiah the prophet shared David’s experience in a literal way:
      • Jeremiah 38:6 So they took Jeremiah and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the king’s son, which was in the court of the prison, and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire. So Jeremiah sank in the mire.
  • Deep Waters
    • ► Like Jeremiah, Jonah also experienced the deep mire:
      • Jonah 2:8 For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas (symbolic: sea of people), and the floods surrounded me;
  • The Leviathan
    • ►There is an invisible entity that stirs up mire in the waters of people:
      • Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
      • Ezekiel 32:2 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: ‘You are like a young lion among the nations, and you are like a monster in the seas (a sea monster), Bursting forth in your rivers, troubling the waters with your feet, and fouling their rivers.
  • ►The monster in the sea of people is Satan, called a Leviathan.
    • Job 41:31 He makes the deep boil (stew, fret, bubble with trouble) like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
    • He beholds every high thing;
    • He is king over all the children of pride.”
    • Job 41:8-9 Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle—Never do it again! Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. His rows of scales (shields) are his pride, shut up tightly as with a seal; and sorrow (despair) dances before him.
      His heart is as hard as stone, even as hard as the lower millstone. His undersides are like sharp potsherds;
      He spreads pointed marks in the mire.
  • ►Satan, throughout scripture, is described as a reptile: A serpent, dragon, leviathan, sea monster, sea beast, and a crocodile; any reptile that coils, rolls and twists.
    • Cursing gets Satan’s attention, it “arouses” him:
      • Job 3:8 May those curse it who curse the day, Those who are ready to arouse Leviathan.
  • Both Jonah and Jesus were swallowed by the sea monster, Satan, who lives in a sea of people.
    • Jonah 1:17 Jonah’s Prayer and Deliverance – Now the Lord had prepared Leviathan to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the sea monster three days and three nights.
    • Matthew 12:40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

  • King David is experiencing the same fear as Jeremiah, Jonah, and Jesus.
  • Satan is the dragon in Revelation. The dragon is the invisible manifestation of those who he indwells: kings, rulers and people. Those he indwells are called beasts, crocodiles, and serpents and are under his influence.
Psalm 69:3 I am weary with my crying; My throat is dry; My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
  • Like David, also Jesus
    • “My throat is dry;
      • Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
Psalm 69:Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
They are mighty (bulls) who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully;
Though I have stolen nothing, I still must restore it.
  • As David, also Jesus.
    • Jesus pays for man’s debt sin.
Psalm 69:O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.
Psalm 69:Let not those who wait (in faith) for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be confounded (dishonored) because of me, O God of Israel.
Psalm 69:Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Shame has covered my face.
Psalm 69:I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children.
  • As David, also Jesus.
    • Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him. (John 7)
Psalm 69:Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.
  • As David, also Jesus.
    • Jesus overturns the money changers tables calling them a den of thieves in his Father’s house. (John 2:15)
Psalm 69:10 When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, that became my reproach.
Psalm 69:11 I also made sackcloth (Symbolic of sorrow) my garment; I became a byword to them.
Psalm 69:12 Those who sit in the gate (sit as judges) speak against me, and I am the song of the drunkards.
Psalm 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, hear me in the truth of Your salvation.
  • He whose name means “Salvation” (Jesus) IS Truth.
    • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Psalm 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Psalm 69:15 Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up;
And let not the pit shut its mouth on me.
  • As David, also Jonah. As Jonah, also Jesus.
    • Jonah 3:6 I went down to the moorings (foundations) of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God.
Psalm 69:16 Hear me, O Lord, for Your loving kindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
Psalm 69:17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in trouble; hear me speedily.
Psalm 69:18 Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies.
  • Jesus is the “Kinsman Redeemer” for mankind.
Psalm 69:19 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all before You.
  • Since God lives in the Past, Present, and Future simultaneously eternally, the adversaries are already standing before their Judge at the Great White Throne Judgment.
Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness (Lit. sickness);
  • Like David, also Jesus:
    • Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
    • Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none.
      • Jesus’ heart was literally broken.
Psalm 69:20 I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
Psalm 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
  • Like David, also Jesus:
    • Matthew 27:34 they gave Him sour wine (vinegar) mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.
Psalm 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them, and their well-being a trap.
  • A table (selection) of ill gotten gains.
Psalm 69:23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; and make their loins shake continually (in fear).
  • Belshazzar’s loins shook in fear when God wrote on his wall. See Daniel chapter 5.
Psalm 69:24 Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
Psalm 69:25 Let their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents.
Psalm 69:26 For they persecute the ones You have struck, and talk of the grief of those You have wounded.
Psalm 69:27 Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not come into Your righteousness.
Psalm 69:28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
  • See Topic: The Books in Heaven
    • The Book of Life
    • The Book of Works
    • The Book of Remembrance
Psalm 69:29 But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves.

Two meanings:

  • Praise is better than a sacrifice. (Learning the value of one thing over another – which is the definition of wisdom).
  • Horns are mighty leaders with the ability to gore and pierce. Hooves are authorities with the power to trample and destroy. (A prophecy of things to come concerning Jesus)
Psalm 69:32 The humble shall see this and be glad; and you who seek God, your hearts shall live.
Psalm 69:33 For the Lord hears the poor, and does not despise His prisoners.
Psalm 69:34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas (sym. people) and everything that moves in them.
Psalm 69:35 For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it.
  • During the millennium (1,000 year reign), Jesus will rule in Jerusalem; the land and everything in it will be restored.
Psalm 69:36 Also, the descendants (Lit. seed) of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it.

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