For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
1 I said, "I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked."
2 So I remained utterly silent,
not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
3 my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4 "Show me, Lord, my life's end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere hand breadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.t
6 "Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
you consume their wealth like a moth—
surely everyone is but a breath.
12 "Hear my prayer, Lord,
listen to my cry for help;
do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
before I depart and am no more.
I particularly like verse 7 "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you." I think it is true to us all... The world is looking for hope of survival, a hope of living!... Unfortunately most of the world isn't looking for hope through God and Jesus... They are our only hope of living, but not many look for hope there. I guess all we can do when our faith is rejected, is pray for the people who reject it!
I also like the passion in verse 12 "Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping..." Dave is literally crying for help, as he asks God not to be deaf to his weeping. He is begging, and weeping, and hoping that God will listen. I think that God always listens, but I do relate to Dave when he says to God "do not be deaf", sometimes it feels like God isn't around, when everything is bad is happening.... All good though He is our hope!
Love, me xxx