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Psalm 39 I Bridle My Mouth!
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. I was dumb with silence,
I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. My heart was hot within me,
while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
This Psalm has guided my mouth for years. It contains incredible wisdom. We as Christians
know what is Good and True but we often speak it without genuine Love. We see
great sins in the world, we speak out against them when as yet our heart has not been
moved to deep empathetic sorrow for the condition of the sinner.
The Lord has taught me that if my
heart does not burn with sorrow for the condition of the sinner, I have no
place speaking - but must "keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me" and
hold "my peace, even from good" until "my sorrow is stirred."
This wisdom has guided my steps. There have been many times
when I thought to speak up against some obvious evil - yet upon self-examination I realized that
my empathetic heart was cold though my "righteous indignation" was hot.
So I have learned to hold my tongue until God's Spirit stirs me to speak.
There is also a profound integration here with the fundamental Peh KeyWord
(Panim, Face), which
is the root of the word L'Pani translated as "before me." The
distribution of this word is greatly maximized on
Spoke 17 in the phrase Before the King.
This gives great insight into God's design of this Spoke, especially in light of its
centrality in the lesson being taught in this Psalm.
The integration of Psalm 39 with Spoke 17 and the letter Peh is, of course, utterly obvious since
Peh litterally means mouth! While it is
clear that "mouth" is a common
word in the Psalms, it is equally clear that we see an uncommon emphasis on it here on Spoke 17
of the Inner Cycle of the Psalms. The specific theme
of restraining and controling "my mouth" (first person) is linked with
Psalm 17. Also, there is this from verse 39.9:
I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
This verse uses both fundamental Peh KeyWords Petach (Open) and Peh (Mouth). The Psalm ends with
the cry found that forms a KeyLink with the Prayer in Psalm 17:
Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears:
for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. O spare me, that I
may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.