Friday Devotional - Psalms 39

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Friday Devotional - Psalms 39

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31

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We’ve been slowly walking through the Book of Psalms, and this week we’re looking at (Psalms 39). The Psalms do such a great job of talking about the topics and emotions we most often deal with in life. There’s so much in this chapter, like always. Each verse is full of wisdom we can soak in, use, and grab hold of daily.

What stood out to me in the passage was David’s vows about his words in (Psalms 1-3). David resolves to be careful how he speaks to God. He says, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence. But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguished increased. My heart grew hot within me, as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.”

  1. He was careful not to speak rashly, or to say something inappropriate about God (Vs 1)
  2. He didn’t want to speak when the “Wicked” could hear (Vs 1)
  3. But the pressure of not speaking only made him feel more upset (Vs 2)
  4. His heart became hot like it was on fire and could not stay silent any longer (VS 3)
  5. Wisely, he chose to express himself to God in prayer(VS 3)

What does this mean for each of us?

  1. It’s unwise and unhealthy to refrain from speaking to God. The silence leads to a troubled heart
  2. Fact…the Lord sympathizes with our weaknesses and struggles (Hebrews 4:15)
  3. Instead of refusing to express how we feel, we should take our concerns to the Lord in prayer. (Philippians 4:6-7)

May we each go to the Lord quickly, for and with anything.