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Free & Fit - Summer with the Psalms- Psalm 39 Tuesday July 9

Summer with the Psalms

Psalm 39 Tuesday July 9


“I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” Interlude We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me. I am silent before you; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from you. But please stop striking me! I am exhausted by the blows from your hand. When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath. Interlude Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest— a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.”


‭‭Psalms‬ ‭39‬:‭1‬-‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬



Reflection on the Psalm


Forgetting to seek to become rich, forgoing opportunity to invest in our livestock and surrendering our pursuit for wealth are all deemed to be determined as evil according to the Psalmist. That the pursuit of financial gain over spiritual gain is not worth the comparative outcome. That eternal life is far greater than Sin and Death. Yet, for some reason we still would rather invest in our sports teams, stock markets or social lives than fully surrender to God.


The Psalmist cries out to God “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Even when he knows he can’t say one good thing, act in accordance to the law or, deeper even still, express a desire for God he recognizes his own sin and offers us all hope in the redemptive love and forgiveness of God that is offered to him and open to us all today!


The promises of God allow us to return to him no matter how far we have fallen; we can still get better, we can still get closer to God and we can still be forgiven no matter how far we have fallen. We must seek God, pursue God and surrender to God in all we do everyday and everywhere no matter far away we feel we maybe God is with us in Jesus name. Amen


Prayer


Father release us from temptation, release us from fear, release us from all shame and guilt. Grant us your strength, to overcome the evil one and no longer live in doubt, exhaustion or anguish. Be our shield, our guide and our Paraclete; set us free through the power of your Holy Spirit in Jesus name. Amen


“So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”


‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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