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Psalm 39

Started by Al Moak, April 26, 2003, 10:15:26 am

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April 26, 2003, 10:15:26 am Last Edit: December 19, 2009, 02:15:50 pm by Al Moak
Psalm 39

David is SO much like us!  In the background to this psalm, he was apparently faced with a situation in which it would have been best for him simply to remain silent, to let the "wicked" have their say without answering, even if they spoke about him.  And he was quiet for a while.  He held it in as long as he could.  But all the time he was nearly bursting inwardly because of the their injustice, their falsehood, and their pride. It's likely that if he could have continued to remain silent they would eventually  have "hanged themselves" with their own words.  But he couldn't.

Finally, when he couldn't take it anymore and just had to defend himself, the inner dam burst, and a torrent of words escaped his mouth.  He became nearly as bad as his accusers had been, and he therefore sinned with his mouth - grievously.  He knew he shouldn't have done it.  He had purposed before the Lord to hold his tongue.  But, as we often do, he failed, and now there were consequences. He began experiencing trouble, and it didn't seem like the Lord was helping him, and he knew why - he had sinned.

God's covenant people should never act like that!  They should always trust Him and let Him take care of their problems instead of taking them into their own hands.  But, like David, they fail, and God is dishonored by it. 

But dear brothers and sisters, that's why David composed this psalm and introduced it into the daily worship - he knew everyone who sang it could relate to it, because such things happen to everyone.  So he led them in a penitential song, a song of confession to God and prayer for His mercy and restoration.  He knew they'd all need it.

In the first three verses, he simply tells God what he's done.  Then, in the next three verses, he confesses his weakness, his foolishness, and the shortness of his time on this earth.

Finally, he confesses that the Lord is his only hope.  He begs His merciful forgiveness - that He would turn to him again because his life is too short to spend it apart from Him.  He begs His gracious restoration and says, "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears, for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner, as all my fathers were.  Remove Your (reproachful) gaze from me, that I may regain strength, before I go away and am no more."

Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever "burst forth" with words that should never have been said?  I suspect we all have.  Confess your sin to your Lord.  Seek His restoration.  He's merciful.