I said, “I will guard my ways,
that I may not sin with my tongue;
I will guard my mouth with a muzzle,
so long as the wicked are in my presence.”
2 I was mute and silent;
I held my peace to no avail,
and my distress grew worse.
3 My heart became hot within me.
As I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue…
Your meditational thought for today is from Psalm 39.
There are times in our lives when we may have in some way strayed from the path of doing right, and we reap the strong hand of God dealing with us. The purpose of God’s strong hand of discipline is designed to draw us back to obedience. David opens up this psalm by expressing his determination keep watch over his mouth in order to keep from complaining in the presence of his enemies. When we complain, we are expressing our discontent with God’s providence in our lives which is foolish for us to do, especially if we are the cause of our problems. Once again, I must stress that God’s strong dealings serves a good purpose for us: it causes us to return back to viewing Him with reverence. Sometimes we forget and become flippant, which is a major problem. And God’s strong dealings of discipline is proof that He love us and want to draw us back to fellowship with Him. David also expresses how short life is, that is why it is important for us to keep everything in proper perspective and live everyday striving to live in obedience to God’s Word so that we may glorify Him. David expressed in verse 7, “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.” As you and I endure God’s dealings in our lives, we must wait with confident expectation that He will accomplish in us that which will bring about great spiritual growth in us.
Have a wonderful day.
Pastor James Moore Jr.