Verse 1 – I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.”
Verse 2 – I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; and my sorrow was stirred up.
Verse 3 – My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue:
Don’t you wish we could just keep our mouths closed when someone is spewing evil in front of us? Have you ever just walked away when someone is trying to argue with you? To some, it will make no difference if you say anything or not, but to God, He hears every word. A part of becoming a mature Christian is learning to guard our mouths. I’m not there yet, but I’m better than I used to be.
Verse 4 – “Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.”
Verse 5 – Indeed, You have made my days as hand-breadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but a vapor. Selah
Verse 6 – Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain, he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them.
We all know life is way too short. However, a lot of people don’t like to think about it, or what comes after death. I think it’s so sad that many spend their entire lives accumulating wealth, and put no thought into eternity. God’s instruction manual, the Bible, gives us everything we need to have a productive life and a secure after life.
Verse 7 – “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.”
Verse 8 – “Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish.”
Sometimes we are ridiculed for following God’s ways. The Bible calls “fools,” the godless.
Verse 9 – I was mute, I did not open my mouth, because it was You who did it.
Verse 10 – Remove Your plague from me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
I’m not positive, but this sounds like the time when David took a census of Israel. God said it was wrong. The only reason I can figure out why God didn’t want David to take the census in the first place was maybe because he didn’t want David to brag about how big his army had grown to, maybe a little spirit of pride.
God gave David the choices of punishment. David chose the three days of plague. Scripture never says for sure but it sounds as though David had the plague also, it just didn’t kill him. Seventy thousand Israelite’s died and that made the rest of the Israelite’s not too happy with what David had done.
Verse 11 – When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make this beauty melt away like a moth; surely every man is a vapor. Selah
Verse 12 – “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to y cry; do not be silent at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”
Verse 13 – “Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain my strength, before I go away and am no more.”
David knew he had been corrected by the Lord, and had admitted it to God. How sad when others can see us being corrected but we can’t see it ourselves because we won’t admit it, let alone admit it to God.