Daily Word

Psalm 39

Read Psalm 39 – Bite your tongue! Our Psalmist is much more poetic than that, yet we all know what it is to withhold words when chaos unfolds around us.

And when he does speak, it is to the Lord, “Show me, my LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. ” :4

Beloved, we are here for such a short time. Are the big things really SO BIG; are the little things SO LITTLE, in the light of eternity? What will matter most?

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom, in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. ” :6 There’s a reality check for us all… what are we spinning our wheels for?

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

The Psalmist understands he is in a season of chastisement by the LORD, and pleads for it to end, “Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand. ” :10

His desire is for a little more time of joy in his life, “Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again before I depart and am no more.” :13

The closeness of the Psalmist to God is incredible. He clearly grasps that his times are under the Lord’s control, yet he is close enough to God to ask for reprieve.

Beloved, how is this Psalm speaking to you?