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Psalm 39:1-5

Psalm 39:11 I said, “I will guard my roads so that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

Psalm 39:2 I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from speaking good, and my pain intensified.

Psalm 39:3 My heart grew hot within me; as I mused, a fire burned. I spoke with my tongue:

Psalm 39:4 “Yahveh , make me aware of my end and the number of my days so that I will know how short-lived I am.

Psalm 39:5 Notice, you have made my days like the size of my fingers, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every person takes a temporary stand. (Selah).

finger sized days

We would all be able to exercise more self-control if we kept in mind how temporary we are. The illusion of permanence – and therefore self-importance can cause us to speak out when we should just shut up. God does not need us to right every wrong – particularly the wrongs we have felt at the hands of others. The person who brings justice about is God. Sometimes we experience injustice not so that we can attack it, but so that we can learn to trust him to sort it out.

Lord, teach our tongues to be silent, and let you be God, because all we have are finger sized days.


1superscription: A psalm of David.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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