TxGodfollower. You said that you did not ask this question . . . .
“(7) Let those who wait in hope for you, LORD of hosts, not be shamed because of me. Let those who seek you, God of Israel, not be disgraced because of me. (8) For it is on your account I bear insult, that disgrace covers my face. (9) I have become an outcast to my kindred,a stranger to my mother’s children.” Psalm 69:7-9 New American Bible, Revised Edition.
. . . . with any thoughts of calling into doubt the doctrine of the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fair enough. I am gratified to hear that.
I’ll accept that (and I apologize for implying you had that in mind here).
At this point I will try to give you more insight on how a Catholic would view something like Psalm 69 (at least this Catholic).
Often Old Testament Messianic verses have different layers of meaning.
*]In Psalm 69 there may be a personal aspect from King David (A “Davidic Dimension” if you will)
*]There certainly is a personal prophetic aspect concerning Christ too (a Messianic or Christologic dimension).
*]There is a larger corporate Old Covenant layer (the Old Testament Church).
*]There is also a corporate prophetic layer concerning the Church (the Catholic Church–more on that shortly).
*]There is also an eschatological meaning (concerning the end times) to fulfilling these passages.
*]There is even often a layer of meaning for US personally.
For example of an aspect that could NOT concern Christ look at Psalm 69 verse 5 (which is just a few sentences before the verses you quoted.
PSALM 69:5a 5 O God, thou knowest my folly; the wrongs I have done . . . .
Does THIS concern Jesus? No!
But it DOES have to do with King David. It DOES have to do with ME and with YOU. It DOES have to do with the Old Testament Church too.
But if someone were to apply Psalm 69 whole and entire to Jesus, people would (wrongly) conclude Jesus has “folly” and has committed “wrongs”.
This doesn’t fit.
The best way to safeguard yourself in reading passages like this is to: “Read the Scripture within “the living Tradition of the whole Church””.
But consider Psalm 69:9, 19-21
PSALM 69:9,19-21 9 For zeal for thy house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult thee have fallen on me. . . . 19 Thou knowest my reproach, and my shame and my dishonor; my foes are all known to thee. 20 Insults have broken my heart, so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
This DOES concern Jesus, to be sure. The disciples see that too.
JOHN 2:15-17 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; you shall not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for thy house will consume me."
But the Church doesn’t see these footsteps of our Lord as ONLY concerning Jesus.
WHY? Because the Church MUST FOLLOW in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus.
The Mystical Body of Christ—the Church must follow in the sacred footsteps of our Lord Jesus in a “final Passover”. A “final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection” and even now IS sharing in.
CCC 672b . . . According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by “distress” and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching.
675a 675 Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. . . .
677a The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection . . .
I could mention other aspects of the Psalm such as verse 30 that states “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” This suggests Jesus, but also the Church, and the Blessed Virgin Mary who is a living type (“typus”) of the Church (see CCC 967). The Blessed Virgin Mary who’s very soul “magnifies” the Lord (as Luke 1:46 tells us).
Now let’s go catechetically to those “different layers” of meanings so you can get into the proverbial mind of a Catholic (“I was . . . asking for some Catholic opinion on this passage”).