PERSONAL CAUTION V.1-3
IN WHAT I SAY V.1
MY WALK I said, I will take heed to my ways,
MY TALK that I sin not with my tongue:
IN WHAT I SUPPRESS
DISCIPLINED COMMUNICATION I will keep my mouth with a
DAMAGE CONTROL while the wicked is before me
DIPLOMATIC CONTAINMENT I was dumb with silence
IN WHAT I STIFLE V.3 I held my peace, even from good
REPRESSED FEELINGS My heart was hot within me DEPRESSED MISERABLY while I was musing the fire burned
RELEASED FEELINGS then spake I with my tongue,
PRAYER FOR CONSIDERATION V.4-7
MY FATE LORD, make me to know mine end,
MY FUTURE and the measure of my days,
MY FRAILTY what it is that I may know how frail I am
ACCELERATION Behold, you have made my days short
AGE and mine age is as nothing before thee:
ACHIEVEMENTS verily every man at his best state is
ACTIVITIES Surely every man walks in a vain show:
AGGRAVATIONS surely they are disquieted in vain:
ATTAINMENTS he heaps up riches & knows not who
shall gather them
ANTICIPATION And now, Lord, what wait I for?
my hope is in You.
PRAYER FOR COMPASSION V.8-13
IMPERFECTION Deliver me from all my transgressions
INSULTERS make me not the reproach of the foolish
INDISCRETION I want to see your hand in everything
IGNORANCE I was dumb
IMPERTINENCE I opened not my mouth because you did it
YOUR CHASTENING HAND
DEVOURED Remove thy stroke away from me I am
consumed by the blow of your hand
DECIMATED When you with rebukes correct man for iniquity
you make his beauty to consume away like a moth
DRAINED surely every man is vanity. Selah.
DISTRESSED Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry
hold not thy peace at my tears:
DESERTED for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner,
As all my fathers were.
DESTROYED O spare me, that I may recover strength,
before I go hence, and be no more.
Feelings are a odd thing and as one has said poetry is the language of feelings. It reaches beyond sight and sound into the senses. It is The language of the heart. The psalms are an invitation to explore those feelings. It’s thought that feelings describe our inner reactions to our horizontal relationships with people and events, but even deeper, to our vertical relationship to God and the way he allows life to work, in the unpredictable patterns as they do. It’s an exposure to God and his dealings and many of the Psalms could be titled Psalms of disorientation, as raw feelings are exposed and naked before God, or in reality to ourselves.