Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 10-15-18

October 15, 2018

Psalm 39 New Living Translation (NLT)

Do you find yourself tempted to complain about aspects of your life?  In our passage today, King David has decided to watch what he says, because he realizes being negative about his life may lead people to think God does not take care of him.  King David had reasons to be disappointed, but complaining was not going to change God’s timing or plans.  Our words need to reflect our commitment and devotion to God.  When you find yourself disappointed, take time to pray for God’s peace to still the turmoil, and hold your tongue.  It’s wisdom.

Psalm 39 A psalm of David.

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.” 

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for helping me gain wisdom about the importance of my words.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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