David knew exactly how we feel so often. Something gets said that isn't right. Maybe it's inaccurate. Maybe it's insulting. Maybe it's offensive. Maybe it is said intentionally. You get a little heated. You just want to respond. As your heart burns within you, the temptations come.
- Having the last word.
- Telling someone off.
- Setting the record straight.
- Passive aggressive talk.
- Social media arguments.
- Proving your point.
Psalm 39:3 "My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned..."
Yes, David knew how we feel sometimes. But what did David do?
Psalm 39:1 "I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me."
David held his tongue. He knew the battle was the Lord's, not his. He knew it wasn't his job to defend himself or to bring the enemy low from his lofty perch.
What is it that makes us get into arguments on social media? What is it that drives us to verbally humble those who speak ill of us? Pride.
David knew this was a temptation for him. He chose to keep silence altogether. It wasn't that he didn't say bad things. He didn't even speak good things because he knew those things would have been said in pride.
Psalm 39:2 "I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred."
David finally broke his silence, but notice who he spoke to:
Psalm 39:3-4 "My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am."
He didn't speak to the enemy. He spoke to the Lord. What did he ask the Lord to do? He asked the Lord to humble him and to help him battle his pride. He lumped himself in the same group as every other person, and called himself vanity.
Psalm 39:5 "Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah."
He was declaring that he was no better than his enemy. He was just as vain and just as needy as all other men.
Struggling to keep your silence? Are you tempted to react to someone's attack? Is your heart burning within you?
Psalm 39:7 "And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee."
Wait for the Lord. Turn to Him. Remind yourself that you, too, are weak, sinful, and needy. Humble yourself.
"If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him, for you are worse than he thinks you to be." -Charles H Spurgeon