Commentary for Psalms 39

David meditates on man's frailty. (1-6) He applies for pardon and deliverance. (7-13)

1-6 If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it. Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head; watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not able to separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watch our words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from good words; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage in edifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its cause within ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects upon ourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatest health and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannot live long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but we are very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that God would enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill our hearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every day and hour.

7-13 There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature; but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; to him we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world be nothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seeking our portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is our comfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in. We may see a good God doing all, and ordering all events concerning us; and a good man, for that reason, says nothing against it. He desires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of his shame. We must both watch and pray against sin. When under the correcting hand of the Lord, we must look to God himself for relief, not to any other. Our ways and our doings bring us into trouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. What a poor thing is beauty! and what fools are those that are proud of it, when it will certainly, and may quickly, be consumed! The body of man is as a garment to the soul. In this garment sin has lodged a moth, which wears away, first the beauty, then the strength, and finally the substance of its parts. Whoever has watched the progress of a lingering distemper, or the work of time alone, in the human frame, will feel at once the force of this comparison, and that, surely every man is vanity. Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have that effect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. The believer expects weariness and ill treatment on his way to heaven; but he shall not stay here long : walking with God by faith, he goes forward on his journey, not diverted from his course, nor cast down by the difficulties he meets. How blessed it is to sit loose from things here below, that while going home to our Father's house, we may use the world as not abusing it! May we always look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 39

  • Annysia on Psalms 39:3
    This chapter is something everyone can relate to. It's hard to keep the faith going throughout our struggles and all we can do is pray that God will help us. The person speaking in this chapter seems to be aware of how sinful he is, but the fact he still tries to keep his faith is something we should emulate. Most times, we pray "just because" instead of with mindfulness. Memorized prayers become a chore, and this is why personal prayers are most important to me. When was the last time we really prayed with mindfulness, when we really spoke to God?
  • Hazel Carty on Psalms 39
    Lord,I give you my heart I give you my soul help me to give my all every word of this psalm is my plee Heir my cry heavenly father.Thank you Lord.
  • I love God so much people make fun of me but to God be the glory I even loss my family for a time I love all of psalm 39 vese 9 sstick out in the present of my enemies and don't say anything I call it shout mounth grace and your enemies don't know what todo
  • Nana K. O. on Psalms 39
    David in this chapter makes me understand that without the Lord,I am nothing.Because 100 year years before the Lord is not not even a day. Lord Jesus help me to know my days on earth.
  • John madden on Psalms 39:11
    God chastise,s. His people to keep us humble.and so that we can share in his holiness.it may seem hard but he chastens every son he recieves
  • Martin on Psalms 39:7
    The Lord is our hope psalms39:7 So we are waiting for that hope as per the scripture Phil 3:20.
  • Mary Ealey on Psalms 39
    I am so sorry for you, I will say a prayer for Michelle, that God will ease her pain and that she can rest in peace. She is going to a place where their is no more sickness just joy and happiness and see her heavenly father.
  • Andrew on Psalms 39
    Verse 4 5 one of my favourite verses I memorized. Always remind ourselves that we are as grass, and the best of us are as flowers. The grass withers away, and the flowers faded away. Anything that is looked at in the context of eternity is vanity.
  • Ms. Darkimbong khaling on Psalms 39:11
    God is holy and He chastises us by secretly and insensibly consuming our desirable state to sensitize us to repent.
  • Haizel on Psalms 39
    This verse hit me the most, O spare me, that I may recover strenght, before I go hence and be no more. I am asking myself of what legacy will I leave when Im gone. What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me? Sometimes, life demands so much from us and we tend to feel like quitting, that we cant go on any longer, but God 's promises are never fading. We just have to believe Him. He is our strenght when we are weak, he hears even our silent cries. Worry no more, pray more!


 

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