🎤 Psalm 39 Song – Mere Breath

🎤 Psalm 39 Song – Mere Breath

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1 I said, ‘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.’ 2 I was silent and still;
I held my peace to no avail;
my distress grew worse, 3 my heart became hot within me.
While I mused, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue: 4 ‘Lord, let me know my end,
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.
Selah 7 ‘And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions.
Do not make me the scorn of the fool. 9 I am silent; I do not open my mouth,
for it is you who have done it. 10 Remove your stroke from me;
I am worn down by the blows of your hand. 11 ‘You chastise mortals
in punishment for sin,
consuming like a moth what is dear to them;
surely everyone is a mere breath.
Selah 4 ‘Lord, let me know my end,
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.
Selah 6 Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.
Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;
they heap up, and do not know who will gather. 12 ‘Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear to my cry;
do not hold your peace at my tears.
For I am your passing guest,
an alien, like all my forebears. 13 Turn your gaze away from me, that I may smile again,
before I depart and am no more.’ 4 ‘Lord, let me know my end,
and what is the measure of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a few handbreadths,
and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.
Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.
Selah

11 thoughts on “🎤 Psalm 39 Song – Mere Breath”

  1. So important from time to time to take a "selah", a moment to pause and reflect on our lives. Life is so fleeting. It seems like only yesterday, when I held my premature new-born baby son in my arms. So tiny and helpless. Today he is a tall and strong young professional soldier, training to go to other lands to protect the helpless on humanitarian missions.
    Where has the time gone?
    It is so vital to inwardly reflect on our lives. Where do I stand before the Almighty? He sent His Son to redeem us from our sins. But do we live our lives in a way that is pleasing to His Fatherheart? Living in obedience to His instructions as clearly stated in His word? Not because out of a faith that believes in salvation through works (that is impossible, we could never be perfect enough, of ourselves – we would always fall short of the mark, in our own strength – only Yeshua (Jesus) has the ability to save us from our sinfulness), but being obedient out of a genuine love for our heavenly Father, in gratitude for His amazing plan of salvation, carried through by His wonderful Son. Such love deserves our showing back our appreciation, love and awe.
    We have so little time in this world. A fleeting mere breath.
    Let us use every precious moment to show our thankfulness to Him. Asking our Father what we can we do today, to please Him and bring joy to His heart, to show how much we love Him ❤

  2. How I love the Psalms and psalmody. I am grateful to have just now discovered your beautiful music. Thank you for sharing it here… a balm for my soul ~

  3. Another great song showcasing the beautiful musical gifts of Jason Silver!

    Psalm 39 New International Version (NIV). For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
    1 I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
    I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
    2 So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
    But my anguish increased;
    3 my heart grew hot within me.
    While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

    4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
    5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
    Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.[b]

    6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

    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 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

    12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
    I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
    13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

    Footnotes:
    Psalm 39:1 In Hebrew texts 39:1-13 is numbered 39:2-14.
    Psalm 39:5 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 11.

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