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-Praying Psalm 39

by Request ~ July 20th, 2015

A Psalm of David.

39 I said, “I will guard my ways,
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2 I was mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
3 My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:

4 “O Lord, make me know my end
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting I am!
5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing before you.
Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
6 Surely a man goes about as a shadow!
Surely for nothing[1] they are in turmoil;
man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!

7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in you.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
9 I am mute; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it.
10 Remove your stroke from me;
I am spent by the hostility of your hand.
11 When you discipline a man
with rebukes for sin,
you consume like a moth what is dear to him;
surely all mankind is a mere breath! Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
hold not your peace at my tears!
For I am a sojourner with you,
a guest, like all my fathers.
13 Look away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more!”   (ESV)

Footnotes:

1. Hebrew Surely as a breath


Our Father,

We are but sojourners in this life and our days are but a breath in your eternal reckoning yet you are there for us all of the way.  It is in the promise of your Kingdom and the life to come through faith in your Son Jesus that we are given hope and meaning in this life.

By your Holy Spirit O Lord, deliver us from our transgressions and help us to guard our ways. Inspire us continually to bridle our tongues and speak only good to others. Help us to be silent when our thoughts would bring forth judgment and words of anger.

Teach us to be humble and not go the way of the world in arrogance. What are we anyway in the vast space of your universe and how small are we in your creation? We are but a shadow and our days are few and fleeting in comparison to the movements of the great stars and planets. The enemy tells us that we are nothing. Yet you pay attention to us and through your Son Jesus we have been adopted into your family.

The enemy says that the your creation and our very existence are just accidents. He says that your Word does not exist and the ancient writings we respect are on ‘wrong side of history.’  He proclaims through his minions that there are no objective rules in this universe and we are free to do what we want since this life is all there is.

But through the presence of your Holy Spirit we are convinced that this life does have meaning and your promises are sure. We will see you on the throne in your Kingdom and rejoice in the life to come. Thanks to your Son Jesus Christ we will be saved for all eternity and we will live to see stars and planets pass away and new worlds created and born.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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