Psalm 39: “David’s Silence”
Have you ever met someone who seems to have all the answers? Or how about someone who thinks they have all the answers? Either way, they tend to always have a response, and will be sure to let you know what their thoughts are. Here, we see a different approach from David. We already know that he is wise, but here he takes the silent route, instead of trying to be wise. This was because of his sin. He understood that it was better to be silent, than to speak falsely or dishonor the Lord. But, this came at a cost. David struggles with this, and asked God in his prayer to know his length of days. Remember, David was very much afflicted. He consistently was being pursued, and at times it was just too tough for him to bear. Obviously, David does eventually speak, mostly in the form of prayer. This is key. When we don’t know what to say, not only will the Holy Spirit guide us, but we should also turn to prayer, in which the Holy Spirit guides us there as well. Being silent isn’t always best, as we know from 1 Peter 3:15 that we should always be ready to defend our faith, but David, unlike Job knew that praising the Father holds much more value than defending oneself. When you at the end of the rope, turn to the Lord and He will pull you up.