Psalm Chapter 39

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Psalm 39

1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.

7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.

10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.

13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

35 thoughts on “Psalm Chapter 39

  1. Silence is better than a wild tongue

    1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

    2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

    3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

    It is better to not say anything then to curse in anger just as it is better to speak good rather than keep quite. The tongue is unruly and we must let the Spirit have it’s way with our speech.

    Silence > foolish or foul mouthed speech

  2. 4. Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

    When we realize that we could count our days on earth, we will make sure all of our days on earth count.

    James 4:14
    Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

  3. Verse 12 NLT “Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest—a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.”

    This verse reminded me of a song that says “This world is not my home”. 1 Peter 2:11-12 MSG says “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.”

  4. 1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

    The greatest thing any of us can do is take heed to our ways.
    We must understand that our ways are ot God’s ways, but we must conform to God’s ways. Somewhere in our life we have to understand that there are things we need to do to change our lives to be more like Jesus.
    Lord help all of us keep our tongue and not allow ourselves to sin against you or our neighbors.

  5. Yes LORD!!!
    3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
    4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
    If we knew just how many days we had left to live, we would think again before we opened our mouths ……….

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    James 4:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    ***David had an understanding that in order to remain a leader in the kingdom of God, a person has to become a leader of his mouth.

    Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

    2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

    And we must become a leader over our tongue as well.

  7. Our days on earth are short (“life is but a vapor”), we must be very mindful of what we say and do so that we do not sin against God.

  8. Not I. This house, not any more

    I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (Psalms 39:1 KJV)

    In this wicked world there are many places that we can go where we need to keep our mouthes closed. Today I say, not in this house, not anymore! I chose to be mute instead of giving speech to the things around me. I choose to not give ear to them either.
    Not in this house! Not anymore!

  9. 1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

    What’s the saying “if you don’t have nothing nice to say don’t say nothing at all”. As we heard sunday night “Not in this house” preached, I am practicing that when things I want to say and know I shouldn’t I keep my mouth shut. We all need to think and pray before we speak cause some things we say hurt instead of help. When we say something that hurts it cannot be taken back the hurt has been done. Pray before you speak and let God give you the wisdom and words to say. Working in the industry I work in its hard to not say some things but God knows all, instead I just say thank you Jesus and keep going.
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21 KJV
    What are you speaking into someones life today life or death? God help us to speak life in todays situations.

  10. I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: (Psalms 39:1-3 NLT)

    Whatever you think about that’s what you’re gonna be. So think on good things. We are victorious. 

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8, 9 NLT)

  11. 12 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

  12. THE SAFETY OF SILENCE

    1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
    2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

    Most of the trouble in life is the fruit of our tongue. The words we speak, the attitude we speak them with, the words that go unspoken, the gossip repeated, the judgment executed are all the fruit of the mouth and the work of the tongue.

    There is great promise in silence and exercising disciple and wisdom on when, where and what to speak. The Apostle Paul teaches us in:

    1Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
    12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

    Do not give your adversary anything to say against you. We are wise to utilize the brakes between our mind and our mouth called our brain. Spoken words are like spilled water on the ground and cannot be retrieved.

    James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
    3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

    James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
    6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
    9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
    10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    The tongue has the potential to start a fire and pierce a heart or answer a prayer and fulfill a dream. We are called to use our words wisely.

    We will answer for every word spoken.

    Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

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  13. I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” (Psalms 39:1 NLT)

    *I will hold my tongue. Your gonna have to help me God. I MUST RESIST. I will resist. When the stupid ignorant people around me they don’t understand like I do. They just speak non seance. I want to say something to shut them up. I must resist.
    Help me God

    Cause I know that our time on this earth are numbered. We’re here to praise you and Glorify you and let your perfect will be done.
    “I don’t belong here”
    Our treasures are in Heavan with you. I can’t wait till that day.

  14. The Message version reads:
    “11 When you put us through the fire to purge us from our sin, our dearest idols go up in smoke. Are we also nothing but smoke?”

    I just had a conversation about purging oneself and the benefits of the effort. It is not easy or fun. We must ensure our carnal nature does not interfere with the Lord’s plans for our lives. It is part of who a mother/father is to provide for their children. However, we cannot claim to these children “nothing bad will ever happen to you; I will not allow it”. While these words may be soothing to a child in crisis, we do not have the power to claim this. Our effort so comfort must be in line with the Lord’s will for our lives and the children’s lives.

    I know this is a hard concept. I know this is not popular. I have had to learn this lesson the hard way. I cannot protect my children from everything that comes along. We as parents must create in our children the true path to protection; the path to our saviors feet. We must lead them to the Master and teach them how to create/maintain a relationship with Him. Only Jesus can provide all we need.

    What are our dearest idols? Are our idols money, time, family? What should be our dearest idols?

    Can you trust God to take care of your children even as Moses’ mother placed her trust in God?

    Isaiah 49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.

    Finally…
    Isaiah 59:21 “As for me,” God says, “this is my covenant with them: My Spirit that I’ve placed upon you and the words that I’ve given you to speak, they’re not going to leave your mouths nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your grandchildren. You will keep repeating these words and won’t ever stop.” God’s orders. MSG

    What words are we putting in our children’s mouths; God’s words of protection and salvation or our words or protection?

  15. 4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

    5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

    Teach me to number my days Lord that I might not take for granted your mercy and grace. Make me to know how small I am compared to you. You Lord truely are holy and without your mercy and righteous love I am nothing. Life is short and I’m not going to waste it away on selfish things. I will focus on you Jesus and defeat the spirit of destraction that tries to come against me in my life because you are worth everying I could ever give. Keep me focused Lord. Make me to he kingdom minded because this world is temporary but your kingdom is Eternal.

  16. 1 I said, I will take heed and guard my ways, that I may sin not with my tongue; I will muzzle my mouth as with a bridle while the wicked are before me. 2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
    3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,

    The tongue is a powerful tool. Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

    Many times if we would just study to be quiet we could save later remorse in situations. Like David, we must guard our ways, and ensure that the words we say are guided by the Lord. Spending our quality time with the Lord prepares us in many ways, and it helps us to bring balance to our situations, including those that we allow our tongues to get carried away in.

    Luke 6:45
    The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

  17. 7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

    What are you waiting for? What are we waiting for? The things in our lives will never be just right to do the will of God, so if we wait for our lives to be perfect then we will never act. Our hope and trust is not in this life so why wait for it to be sorted out? Our hope is in The Lord. The one who has created everything. What are we waiting on? Let us wait on The Lord!

  18. 4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is.
    5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude

    7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. (NLT)

    “My life is in You Lord. My strength is in You Lord. My hope is in You Lord. In You, it’s in You.” This song came to my mind when I read these verses. Everything is all in You Lord; have Your way!

  19. I tell my kids at work to ‘Use your words’. Letting them tell the other person how they’re feeling and how they feel about what the other person did/said. Occasionally I need to step in and let them know what they said isn’t nice. Asking them how they would feel if what they said were said to them. Generally the response is they wouldn’t like it.

    The same applies to us. When dealing with a situation it’s best to think about how someone else would feel with what we’re going to say. If we can’t think of something we should say to build someone up, then let go and let God guide your words! There have been times I have had to keep my mouth shut and listen to the voice of God for what to say or do.

    Thank you Jesus for letting me hear your voice!

  20. Lord, make me to know my end and [to appreciate] the measure of my days–what it is; let me know and realize how frail I am [how transient is my stay here]. Behold, You have made my days as [short as] handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in Your sight. Truly every man at his best is merely a breath! Selah [pause, and think calmly of that]! Surely every man walks to and fro–like a shadow in a pantomime; surely for futility and emptiness he is in turmoil; each one heaps up riches, not knowing who will gather them. [I Cor. 7:31; James 4:14.] (Psalm 39:4-6 AMP)

  21. There is a time for silence…………..Eccesiastes 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
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    He is our only HOPE…………

    7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

    “Don’t quit, wait upon the Lord”………………………………………

  22. 1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
    2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.

    Oh how much trouble our tongue can get us in. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Discipline means you have control over it. As the bridle implies ,with a horse, it controls the tongue. We must have discipline to control our tongue.

  23. Take Heed I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. 2. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. 3. My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, 4. LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days what it is; that I may know how frail I am. I AM VICTORIOUS !!!!!! THANK YOU JESUS for power and strength Amen !!

  24. v8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

    One should remain in an attitude of repentance toward GOD. This takes a lifetime of submission to HIS SPIRIT
    allowing HIM to continually to lead us in our daily lives to become more like HIM.

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  25. 1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

    We get ourselves in trouble with our tongues. We answer before we think.

    1 Thesselonians 4:7-12
    For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
    He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
    But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
    And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
    And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
    That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

    Proverbs 26:4
    Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

    Everyone wants to voice their opinion but opinions do not determine right from wrong. There is only one truth and that has nothing to do with opinion. We are better off holding our tongues and keeping our walk with God.

  26. “Because of my foolishness”. David was open. One must first be open with self and God (Jesus), for only then is one ready. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  27. Psalms 39:1
    I SAID, I will take heed and guard my ways, that I may sin not with my tongue; I will muzzle my mouth as with a bridle while the wicked are before me.

    A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, the “bridle” includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit.
    There are many different designs with many different name variations, but all use a noseband that is designed to exert pressure on sensitive areas of the animal’s face to provide direction and control. – Wikipedia

    The definition of bridle speaks of pressure on sensitive areas to provide direction and control.

    We control what we say. It’s funny that some confess “oh it just slipped out.” This means that they did not exercise self control, and discipline. People don’t want to control their tongue because it puts pressure on sensitive areas.

  28. Psalm 39

    1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

    And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. -James 3:6
    But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. -James 3:8

    And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. -Acts 2:3
    And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

    Thank God for the Holy Ghost.

  29. Worshipping Eden

    11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

    Genesis 2:15-17
    15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

    16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

    17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

    In this life we find an inordinate obssession with temporal beauty. It seems there is some collective memory of sorts ingrained in humanity that craves the return to the idyllic paradise of Eden into which it was originally created. Yet that desire for perfection that transcends the rude ugliness and hardships of this fallen world should point us instead to Christ, to the heavenly beauty of everlasting life with Him that sprang forth after He went to the pinnacle of the repulsiveness of sin at the cross and the grave.

    But instead of our desire for beauty driving us to Him, we find the same bait-and-switch as was found in the original Eden that leads us to sin and carnality. The beauty and desireability of Eden itself becomes our forbidden fruit as humanity worships the image of Eden more than the One who placed the desire for beauty in our hearts to begin with. Instead of Eden becoming a platform for continual communion with our Creator, it becomes an end in and of itself and God (or some false god) usually only enters the picture as a means to reach that end. The fallen heart cries, “I want to enjoy Eden and its fruit more than communion with Jesus.”

    Yet we see that the vanity of temporal “Eden” is consumed away easily at the hand of God, and we are left with only what lasting beauty is left. In the setting of divine rebuke, pulling the cover of Eden away reveals the reality of the ugliness of our sin (a.k.a. our lack of God.) We have no fig leaves of the garden to hide behind to cover our stains with temporal beauty and make us look like we still belong in the perfection of paradise. We get to see the harsh reality of our eternal state without the vanity of temporal beauty. The only beauty that can remain is the beauty of God in us.

    1 Chronicles 16:29
    Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

    There is eternal beauty in holiness, in divine separation unto God. Life in the temporal Eden has fallen but the eternal Eden of God’s presence and communion with Him is still available. It is not wrong to simply enjoy temporal beauty, we were created to do so, but when it becomes an idol in the way of our pursuit of and communion with God, then we have crossed the line and sampled the forbidden. There are many ways we can stray into that place of worshipping Eden over God but only one way back, and it is found in Jesus Himself and being washed in His blood. Eden is only a garden without the Holy Lamb, but with Him it is the setting of paradise.

    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  30. 4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.

    5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.

    If we knew how long we had in this earth, how would we spend our days? Lets take for example those that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given 6 months to live. If that was the case, will you call everyone you knew and care about and told them how much you love them? Will you spend your last days blessing and prophesying good upon people? Or will the words of your mouth continue to be negative? Will complain still come out of your mouth or will you take each breath as if it was your last?

    Lord forgive me for the wrong and hurtful things I’ve said and for the good things I should’ve said that I didn’t say.

    In this chapter we read how frail our lives are and how they are like nothing before God. Like the psalmist said;
    Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

    And live a righteous life. Speaking life and making your own life joyful sharing the amazing Love of Jesus

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