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Psalm 39, Part 2 of 2

Verses 7-13

7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

8 Save me from all my transgressions; do not make me the scorn of fools.

9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for you are the one who has done this.

10 Remove your scourge from me; I am overcome by the blow of your hand.

11 You rebuke and discipline men for their sin; you consume their wealth like a moth— each man is but a breath.


12 “Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help; be not deaf to my weeping. For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were.

13 Look away from me, that I may rejoice again before I depart and am no more.”

Last time, we talked about the first six verses where David was declaring “Life is short”. Tonight, the rest of the Psalm. Verses 7-13 shows us we must pray hard.

Pray Hard (verses 7-13)

· David makes a powerful proclamation which deserves our attention and note: (verse 7) My hope is in You.

o Was his hope in his own leadership? NO

o In his wealth or renown? NO

o In his military experience? NO

o In his children and posterity? NO

o It was in the LORD!

· David, asking forgiveness of his sins asks God to save from all his transgressions (verse 8). He also asks the Lord to protect him from the “scorn of fools”.

· David, in verses 9-11 reminds us three powerful points:

1. The Lord is punishes the sin of His children.

2. We must submit to Him when He punishes us.

3. The Lord’s disciple is a blessing.

§ Psalm 94: 12, NIV: Blessed is the man you discipline, O Lord, the man you teach from your law;

· David ends his prayer with the passionate request for the Lord to grant his requests. David prays hard for the Lord hear and act on his cries for help.

· He asks the Lord’s punishment to be removed from him so once again David can enjoy whole and sweet fellowship with the Lord.