12 Caph – A Bottle in the Smoke
This entire Psalm points to the fact the Psalmist is in trouble. He was under extreme affliction. Ancient people made containers for wine and water out of the skins of animals. When exposed to smoke, it not only blackened with soot but dried and parched and shriveled up. The contents of the skin would take on an unpleasant odor. There was nothing left to do with the wineskin but toss it away. The Psalmist was wasted by age, sickness, and sorrow. He felt contaminated by the exposure to the world. Worse yet, he felt that God could no longer use him.