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.
David was a man according to God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Sometimes it is hard to grasp this concept because of the huge sins that David committed in his life. He was a great king but he also killed, he lied, he was polygamous--and his sins are recorded!
Psalm 39 expresses the type of relationship David had with God. David focused his sight not on what he could or couldn’t do for God, but on what God could do for him. We have an amazing God within our reach that is willing to deliver us from our iniquities when we exclaim, “Oh Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is for you” (Psalm 39:7).
David acknowledges that “surely every person standing firm is complete vanity” (Verse 5). He acknowledges his sinful condition saying, “from all my transgressions deliver me; do not make me the taunt of the fool” (verse 8). Acknowledgement is one side of the requirements, the other one is acting upon this knowledge and seeking God for help.
In the end, God’s plans for us are always better than ours.
Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, Texas USA