Psalm 39

Hello, my friend.   Thank you for your fellowship.  I am encouraged from time to time to hear from some for whom this intentional look at the Psalms is a new experience.  I am grateful for your encouragement and for giving me this opportunity of looking deeply into the heart and life of this great King David.  It is quite an experience to do this together.

In our PSALM 39 for today, we see David continuing in much the same direction as he was in Psalm 38, but here he is wisely discerning the benefits that can come from moments of darkness and difficulty.  The primary benefit, as we see in vs. 4 and 5, is to recognize how fragile life is.  He says, “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days;  let me know how fleeting is my life.  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.”  Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses, remarkably preserved so many centuries later in this book, and vs.12 reminds us, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”  In other words, he prays that God will help him remember that he has only so many days to live and that one should live each one as a special gift of God, to be invested with correct intentions.  You can see how David, here in Psalm 39, allows this healthy perspective to affect his life.  In vs. 1, he said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin.” 

And David, toward the end of this Psalm, says, “I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.”  No greater benefit can come from being aware of the fragile quality of life than to be reminded that we are strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  Hebrews 11 speaks of believers in the Old Testament who had never received the fullness of the promises the Prophets had declared, but “having seen them and welcomed them from a distance, they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on the earth.” (vs.13).  Vs.16 of Hebrews 11 is a great verse, “Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

So you can see that Psalm 39 is indeed a valuable reminder of this fact.  You and I are indeed but pilgrims and strangers on the earth, people who travel light, whose presence here is temporary.  In fact, 2 Cor.5:20 says we are Christ’s ambassadors.  And ambassadors live briefly in a foreign land, being there to tell others what the King is like and how to love and worship Him.  We have no other reason for being on a journey here which is but a breath of time.  May we live in such a way that when we come to journey’s end, there will be joy in the presence of the Lord.

Thank you, Lord, for the hope that is an anchor to the soul, knowing that when this brief journey is over, this brief breath of time, we will be forever with you and those who’ve gone before.  Give us the wisdom to focus our lives, and our time on eternal values.  Bless my friend, who is along.  We are thankful that we can trust our loved ones into your care in moments of special need.

Thank you, my friend, for your fellowship and prayers.  Cheerio!

Psalm 39

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