Psalm 69:4-12 (JDV)
Psalm 69:4 Those who hate me without cause are more numerous than the hairs of my head; my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me, are powerful. Though I did not steal, I must repay.
Psalm 69:5 God, you know my foolishness, and my guilty acts are not hidden from you.
Psalm 69:6 Do not let those who put their hope in you be disgraced because of me, Lord Yahveh of Armies; do not let those who seek you be humiliated because of me, God of Israel.
Psalm 69:7 You see, I have endured insults because of you, and shame has covered my face.
Psalm 69:8 I have become a stranger to my brothers and a foreigner to my mother’s sons
Psalm 69:9 because zeal for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
Psalm 69:10 I mourned and fasted, but it brought me insults.
Psalm 69:11 I wore sackcloth as my clothing, and I was a joke to them.
Psalm 69:12 Those who sit at the city gate talk about me, and drunkards make up songs about me.
David lived in an honor/shame culture. To be humiliated or dishonored was a terrible thing for him, and he felt that shame. But even worse for him was the thought of bringing dishonor on those who trusted in his God.
Lord, may we be careful to live our lives in such a way as to bring honor to your name, and disgrace to your enemies.