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Psalm 39

L.G. Parkhurst, Jr.
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Psalm 39

Leader: I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue. I will keep a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.

People: I was silent and still. I held my peace to no avail. My distress grew worse. My heart became hot within me.

Leader: While I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue.

People: Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days. Let me know how fleeting my life is.

Leader: You have made my days a few handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.

People: O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool.

Heavenly Father, You created us with a mind and heart that understands justice, for we feel a sense of unfairness when we are offended. Help us know when we need to remain silent in the face of personal offenses. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit that we might speak correctly and effectively to right wrongs in our world. Help us to understand the infinite value of living for You each day and conforming our lives to Your Word. Help us walk more closely to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ so we do not lose sight of His leading, even as we pray in Jesus’ name: “Our Father. . .”

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