Psalm 39

ps39.jpgGreetings!

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

1 I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

2 But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.

3 My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

4 “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.

David exercised remarkable restraint in not complaining about his treatment.  He had to wait many years to become the King of Israel and was heavily persecuted during that time. 

Oh, that we would always remember how fleeting life is.  I know a guy who lost a 15 yr. old daughter years ago and just lost his wife fairly suddenly to cancer.  He said to hug them every day.  I try to appreciate them and thank God for every day of life.

5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. Selah

Our world and even the church can be so man-centered.  We focus so much on this life and don’t think enough of eternity.  We should look to God as David does.

6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.

9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.

10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.

11 You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth— each man is but a breath. Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.

13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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