by Ruth Greene
For disciples of the Messiah, the only refuge from the oppression of the world resides in the Word of YHWH. For those that don’t have this refuge, life can be so discouraging. You can get so caught up in mess that conviction makes you want to die, to be relieved from pressure and oppression. Even ‘leaders of men’ can feel like they are being sucked up into events beyond their control. This was no different for King David who often faced great difficulties, many times because of decisions that he chose to make. He felt that he wanted to be swept up in his Father’s protection. (“YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“; “Giving to Others While Trusting in YHWH for Your Needs“)
“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. ” – Psalm 39:1-2
When you are faced with wickedness, restraining your mouth is likely one of the first best decisions that you will make. First, you give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to speak into your heart instead of having a carnal reaction.
“My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, YHWH, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 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.” – Psalm 39:3-5
As you contemplate the battle between good and evil, your feelings may well be stirred, even to anger as David describes. As you are faced with wickedness confronting you, your heart may smolder at the injustice and evil of the enemy. Instead of becoming haughty and arrogant, disciples must recognize personal flaws and misunderstanding. You need to pray silently for wisdom until the Holy Spirit quickens the answer in your heart. The reality is that you and I are no better than any other man when we are without our Heavenly Father. All are foolishness without Him, which casts world affairs of man in a new light. (“Abiding in Trust“; “Abiding with YHWH in Quiet Places“; “Seeking a New Spirit“; “Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)
“Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, YHWH, what wait I for? My hope [expectation, trust] is in thee. Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.” – Psalm 39:6-8
In a sense, every man that busies themselves with matters apart from YHWH, or stresses about the issues of man, are exactly like shadows. In nature, all are only on the earth for a short time. Your life’s work is based on whatever choices that you make. The end result of these choices is left to the next generation as long as the system of man rules. King David’s prayer for wisdom was rooted in his heartfelt trust in YHWH. He prayed that he would be delivered from his transgressions, the flawed decisions that he made in life’s journey. He knew that when he made decisions based only on his own heart and mind that he would reproached by the foolishness of the world, no better than those around him. (Romans 12:1-2; “Holy Spirit 101“; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“)
“ I was dumb [mute], I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.”- Psalm 39:9
All of Elohim’s [YHWH] people are wise to wait before wagging the tongue in the ignorance of the world around them. When we ground our lives in emotions, passions of the heart alone, we are just as doomed as the world. Instead, you must pray for wisdom, looking to the Holy Spirit of YHWH to move your heart, to continually guide and change your heart in the choices that you make. (1 Corinthians 4:9; Ephesians 4:22-24)
“Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.” – Psalm 39:10-11
David prayed that he would not fight against YHWH, as a stroke in single combat. First, David knew that he would lose. But more importantly, David knew that it was foolishness to fight against the One he loved so much, even though the inclination of his flesh was this very thing. In the same way, as Elohim [YHWH] rebukes man for iniquity, whatever beauty that man has cannot last, especially in comparison with His Father. Fighting in combat against the power of YHWH is doomed to failure. (Hebrews 12:5-9; Isaiah 59:2; “The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard“; “Disciple: The Pattern of Your Life“; “Are You a Christian First or Last?“)
In the original Hebrew of this Psalm, when your Heavenly Father rebukes, it’s as if He is vindicated by His own legal defense in His court. He is. We cannot stand against His Judgment, another reason why we need the provision of the Messiah [Yahshua, Jesus]. The evidence is clear. The Messiah is what made it possible for all that believe to approach His throne. Yahshua is our High Priest. We no longer need the sacrifices of animals because we have the sacrifice of the Messiah, once for all time. YHWH wanted to show us through history, that only He could make the provision for the condition of man, resolving it forever. Even though every man misses the mark of YHWH’s perfection, He has made provision through His grace. (Romans 8:35-39; 1 John 4:8-11; “Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man“; “Living in the Now“)
“Hear my prayer, O YHWH, 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.” – Psalm 39:12-13
Because of all the decisions that King David had made, in his heart it was as if he felt the gazing stare of YHWH’s judgment. Other people made decisions that affected old Israel as well. At that moment he felt as a stranger, because his life would be lived for only a short time, just as his predecessors did. He prayed for YHWH’s understanding, as we are apt to do when we feel alone and in need. King David sought his Father’s wisdom. He longed for the strength that came from his Father’s approval as he shed the guilt and shame of his spiritual poverty, the kind of yoke that Satan seeks to make permanent. He longed to be close to his Father before he passed from the scene. Clearly, David felt desperate and alone in that moment. He felt the sting, the stroke of his sin as his flesh battled against the Will of his Heavenly Father. He suffered because of the difficulties that he was facing. (Psalm 37:34; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “Wisdom of YHWH, Wisdom of Man“; “Bible: Wisdom 101“)
David resolved to keep his tongue and his life from sin and iniquity. He also decided not to complain to other people about the results of his personal choices and what he saw as his Father’s treatment of him. Even though he was the anointed of Israel, he had to wait many years before he took the throne of that kingdom. Once he became king, one of his sons sought to kill him and usurp his kingship. He had to be patient. Since people have free will, it can seem to take time for YHWH to work his perfection by proving man’s failure. In the same way, YHWH’s servants are His anointed because they follow the example of Yahshua [Jesus] as YHWH’s anointed High Priest for mankind. (Matthew 11:28-29; John 1:12-13; 1 John 4:19; Revelation 3:15-16; “Jesus Teaches about Fruit in the Lives of People“; “Verbalizing Divine Protection“; “Battling Satan With the Word“)
Today, even disciples can have complaints about life, some that they have brought to themselves. Complaining to others may cause unbelievers to see that YHWH can’t take care of His people. It may appear that we blame YHWH for our troubles. In fact, many do, even saying that ‘God doesn’t exist’ because the world is in such sorry straits. As part of our witness to others and through the power of our Father through prayer, we can take personal complaints to Him. Life is short. (Ecclesiastes 2:18; James 4:14) When you put off doing what you know must be done, you can only hurt yourself, proving your lack of trust in YHWH. Seek to live your life as if each day is your last, bringing your Heavenly Father’s love to reality in your life. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Proverbs 8:17; Zephaniah 3:17) Because every human is in the ‘same boat,’ we have the power to create much change simply by living in this way. (Luke 12:20) You must not scourge your life by disregarding the bounty that your Messiah has brought to you. (Colossians 1:11; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Psalm 33:20-22; “Who Is The Stronghold of Your Life?“; “Who is Your Source?“; “Listening and Doing as a Disciple“)
Happily, for every man, woman and child, YHWH longs to be close, as much a part of your life as possible. You are the one that decides this. (Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 145:18; Philippians 3:8) He has made the provision because He loves you. When you walk His way, your Father’s grace is not short. (James 5:7-8; 2 Peter 3:9; Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 40:31) You make decisions through the Holy Spirit, always through Biblical discernment. (Exodus 14:13; Genesis 6:13-22, 41:25-36; Acts 11:28-30; 1 Kings 17:1-9) By waiting on YHWH, we receive 4 benefits:
He will always lift you out of despair when you seek Him.
His path is always on His rock of salvation.
YHWH gives you a firm place to stand for Him.
YHWH puts a new song of praise in His people.
Waiting on your Heavenly Father brings blessings that only He can bring. Remember that your willingness to wait indicates the value that you place on what you have asked YHWH for. (James 5:11; Psalm 40:1-4; “Prospering Your Family“; “Praise Through Times of Trouble“; “Break Down Walls of Darkness with Prayer “; “Judgment & Promise: The Almond Branch & YHWH’s People“)