A Cry for Help. For the Pure and Shining One A song of praising, by King David
“Here’s my life motto, the truth I live by: I will guard my ways for all my days. I will speak only what is right, guarding what I speak. Like a watchman guards against an attack of the enemy, I’ll guard and muzzle my mouth when the wicked are around me. I will remain silent and will not grumble or speak out of my disappointment. But the longer I’m silent the more my pain grows worse!
My heart burned with a fire within me, and my thoughts eventually boiled over until they finally came rolling out of my mouth. “Lord, help me to know how fleeting my time on earth is. Help me to know how limited is my life and that I’m only here but for a moment more.
What a brief time you’ve given me to live! Compared to you my lifetime is nothing at all! Nothing more than a puff of air, I’m gone so swiftly. So too are the grandest of men; they are nothing but a fleeting shadow!” Pause in his presence We live our lives like those living in shadows. All our activities and energies are spent for things that pass away. We gather, we hoard, we cling to our things, only to leave them all behind for who knows who. And now, God, I’m left with one conclusion: my only hope is to hope in you alone! Save me from being overpowered by my sin; don’t make me a disgrace before the degenerate. Lord, I’m left speechless and I have no excuse, so I’ll not complain any longer. Now I know you’re the one who is behind it all. But I can’t take it much longer. Spare me these blows from your discipline-rod. For if you are against me, I will waste away to nothing. No one endures when you rebuke and discipline us for our sins. Like a cobweb is swept away with a wave of the hand, you sweep away all that we once called dear. How fleeting and frail our lives! We’re nothing more than a puff of air. Pause in his presence Lord, listen to all my tender cries. Read my every tear, like liquid words that plead for your help. I feel all alone at times, like a stranger to you, passing through this life just like all those before me. Don’t let me die without restoring joy and gladness to my soul. May your frown over my failure become a smile over my success.”
Psalms 39:1-13 TPT
Such a good word David writes while in the wilderness. In this series we get an intimate touch of the struggle of David and him laying a foundation down that really builds his character for him to be the leader and king we will read about one day.
I can just see David, keeping warm by a fire and looking up into the vast night sky while stars shine bright like diamonds above his head. I imagine it was in these moments that he really becomes intimate with his creator and his passion for him is fueled. David is the only one who is noted in scripture as to ‘a man after God’s own heart.
Jut like David, God wants us to have a heart that is fueled with passion for him. God burned with a passion to want to know us that he gave all that he had; his only son. He wants us to all that we have and surrender to him. Do you need to get up earlier in the day or stay up later in the night? Maybe putting our phones and computers down and unplugging from social media for a time will help in us knowing God at a more intimate level.
David also watched the words that he spoke out. It would have been easy for him to speak out against Saul and be angry with him. He could have also taken words that were hurled at him and walked with those words above his head and walked out the negative. Instead, he chose to watch what he said. If he spoke out, he would surrender it to God, allowing Him to transform his heart.
Just like David, words we speak bring death or life. What words do you speak over yourself, spouse, children, friends, and family?
Who holds the power of words over your life? As we walk in our journey with God, we will have many people speak death over us. It is up to us to take those words and surrender them over to God. He will transform them into something beautiful and wonderful.
The only thing that matters is that God’s voice trumps all! Man has no power over you!
This week, take time to pause and allow God to speak over you. Read Psalm 39 and break it down verse-by-verse. It is there that we find the intimate place of God’s own heart.
Pastor Mark and the Devotional team