Psalm 39:7 “Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:8 Rescue me from all my crimes; do not make me the taunt of fools.
Psalm 39:9 I am speechless; I do not open my mouth because of what you have done.
Psalm 39:10 Remove your torment from me. Because of the force of your hand I am disappearing.
Psalm 39:11 You discipline a person with punishment for violation, consuming like a moth what is precious to him; yes, every person is temporary. (Selah).
These are the words of someone who has known greatness, and is now experiencing great loss. He is experiencing shame, speechlessness, torment, and that feeling of gradually disappearing like a cloth being eaten by a moth. He repeats his insight that every person is temporary. David’s son, Solomon – would pick up this theme and elaborate it in Ecclesiastes.1
we are disappearing
There are some who would deny that God has anything to do with punishing human sin in this life, but not David. He acknowledges God as the sender of the torment. But he also puts his hope in God as the one who can rescue him from his own crimes. Human greatness will not last. But Divine greatness and goodness does.
Lord, rescue us from our crimes. Restore us before we are utterly consumed by our own sins.