PSA 39 DARK FEELINGS

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

bridle
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

altogether vanity
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
DELIVER FROM

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
INJURY V.10-13
YOUR CHASTENING HAND
I FEEL

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.

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