Chapter 39

"A Psalm of David, and a Continuation of the Prior Four Psalms."

"Prayer and Praise in View of Future Blessing of Psalms 24."


This Bible Study is is provided by and shared with permission from the author R. Christopherson

In the phrase, "To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun"; Jeduthun was the Levite that was in charge of music, and the word Jeduthun means "to praise". That is what this chapter is about, giving praise to our heavenly Father. This was one of the most difficult Psalms to direct, and it will continue for the next four chapters.

Psalms 39:1 "I said, "I will take heed to my ways, That I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, While the wicked is before me." 

I have said that I am going to be careful that I do not sin with my tongue. In other words, you just don't give out the precious things of God's Word to those that will make fun of it. You don't cast your pearls of God's Word before swine. Use common sense when the enemy is around you. God dealt in a covert way as he gave out the truths in His Word, by the use fo Parables, and we are to use the same common sense in giving out the seeds of truth to people of this world. Plant the seed and allow the spirit to cause it to grow or to die. Those that go by God's plan will see persecution for what they believe.

Matthew 13:11 "He answered and said unto them, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

Matthew 13:12 "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath."

Matthew 13:13 "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."

When Jesus spoke the truths of His Word, He explained the meanings to those that the understanding was meant for, and to the others standing by, it was just a good story. Be ready for a little persecution by those that are hurt when the light of the truth of God's Word shines on their traditions. Learn to bridle your tongue, for the sin of the tongue is to speak while the wicked are present. The wicked in our day in these end times are those that go against God and His Word.

So who are the wicked? On a national sense, it is those nations that will not allow the things of God, and His Word to be taught in their nation. When you are in that nation, keep your mouth shut, bridle your tongue.

Psalms 39:2 "I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred."

David is saying, I was troubled about keeping my silence.

Psalms 39:3 "My heart was not within me, While I was musing the fire burned: Then spake I with my tongue,"

"Musing" as used here is "meditating". David is saying that while I was meditating the fire burned within me. Our Heavenly Father is a consuming fire [Hebrews 12:29], It is only the Holy Spirit of God that can bring that hot consuming fire to your tongue, and cause those Words from God's Spirit to come forth out of your mouth. There is no confusion in that tongue that comes from the Holy Spirit, for on that day spoken of in Acts 2, every one heard what they said in the dialect of their own language back home.

Acts 3:3 "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them." They all received the gift from the Spirit, every last one of the present.

Acts 2:4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost [Spirit], and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Acts 2:5 "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven."

Over ten different languages were present there in Jerusalem for the feast days, from all over the world of that day.

Acts 2:6 "Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language."

When the Holy Spirit uses that fire of His Words coming from your mouth, there will be no confusion coming from it. The confusion passed off today as "tongues" is nothing but babel and confusion. This is talking about the real tongues, as spoken by all those present with the Holy Spirit fell on them on the day of Pentecost. That was the Holy Spirit speaking through men, and not devils, demons and evil spirits. When God touches your tongue, then you speak. Then it is the Holy Spirit.

Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost [Spirit]."

Psalms 39:4 "Lord, make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is; That I may know how frail I am."

David is asking God for understand of what his end would be and how many days was he going to live. David knew that his life was but a vapor, and over very quickly to our Father. Time means nothing to our Father.

Psalms 39:5 "Behold, Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; And mine age is as nothing before Thee: Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah."

"The handbreadth" is nothing more than you can put in the palm of your hand. David is saying that his whole life can be put in the palm of God's hand, and thus He as complete control to support us through every moment of our life. My life is just a vapor before you, as is every person that has ever been born. Even the best that we do is nothing but vanity before God.

Selah. Stop and think for a moment on what has just been said. Man in the flesh is nothing. So what God is saying through David is that man's life here in the flesh is just a very short trip, and it is all over. God is asking you to believe in Him and trust Him while you are making that short trip. If you have hurt and pains, stop and think what Father is saying here. Father just doesn't think that you are going through a great deal, and all He asks is that you trust Him. Father sees the entire image of your life, but to you it is just a moment in time, and even the problems seem insurmountable. Selah connect the prior verse with the next verse to come.

Psalms 39:6 "Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: Surely they are disquieted in vain: He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them."

Selah connects the vanity and emptiness described in the fifth verse with the explanation of the cause of that condition here in verse six. When the wicked gather their ill-gotten gains, and in the end, he never know who will get it in the end. If it is passed on through inheritance, taxes and bad judgments can cause it to be gone over night.

Psalms 39:7 "And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in Thee."

When you put your faith and trust in God, and He blesses you, there is nothing wrong in being rich by God's blessings. Though you have accumulated those blessings, don't put your faith and trust in that wealth of blessings. Your focus and faith must always be in and on God.

Psalms 39:8 "Deliver me from all my transgressions: Make me not the reproach of the foolish."

Deliver me from all my sins.

Psalms 39:9 "I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; Because Thou didst it."

David didn't speak, but God is the one that speaks through him. When God doesn't tell him what what to say, he just doesn't open his mouth. If the true Spirit didn't speak through you, and until the true tongue comes, keep your mouth shut. All wisdom that comes from God and His Word, brings wisdom. God's wisdom and understanding does not come from a book, but from the Holy Spirit that opens your mind to understanding. The Holy Spirit spoke the words to the prophet, and the Holy Spirit opens the minds of those that He want to understand it. All wisdom comes from God.

Psalms 39:10 "Remove Thy stroke away from me I am consumed by the blow of Thine hand."

We lose some here from the Hebrew text. "Blow" as given here should be "conflict". God doesn't strike you with a blow of the hand, but; "The conflict that comes when you hear the Holy Spirit, then you become part of that work, and God's Spirit will lose your tongue. All your time should be consumed by doing His Work, and the work of His Hand." That is quite different than what is written in this verse by the translators.

Psalms 39:11 "When Thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: Surely every man is vanity. Selah."

This Selah connects that empty vanity of our human lives, with an abiding reality and divine resources. Our resources comes through prayer and hope that we have by reading His Word.

Psalms 39:12 "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; Hold not Thy peace at my tears: For I am a stranger with Thee, And a sojourner, as all my fathers were."

What God is saying here is that this world that we are living in today is not our home, but we are just here for a very short time. There is not much time left to this earth age off flesh man, for we are living in the time of the end.

Psalms 39:13 "O spare me, that I may recover strength, Before I go hence, and be no more." "To the chief Musician."

Many have the vision and many will have the faith, but of them, very few will have the promise. The promise came with the birth of Christ, and when they hung Him on the cross, very few understood what was happening at the time. That promise is available to every soul that will listen, and believe on His name, and follow that path that He has set before us. The prayer and the promise is that there is divine intervention for all those people that reach out and partake of it for themselves. It is a personal thing, and your Father will intercede on your behalf when you seek that help. Our Father is a reality, and His ways are true.



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