Psalm 39 Outline
– David felt difficult to love his enemies (Psalm 39:1-3)
– David prayed that God show him how short his life is (Psalm 39:4-6)
– David decided to put his hope in God (Psalm 39:7-11)
– David pleaded God to forget his transgressions and save him from his enemies (Psalm 39:12-13)
Psalm 39 Summary
In Psalm 39:1-3, David has no room for his enemies in his heart. He tried to love his enemies because God’s commandment is to love your enemies and not revenge but he couldn’t do it.
In Psalm 39:4-6, because David find it difficult to not hate his enemies, now he is finding a way to calm down himself and love his enemies. He prayed for God to show him how short his life is to persuade himself to love his enemies when thinking about the punishment of sinners in hell. We only live on this earth temporarily and the wealth we accumulate couldn’t be brought with us when we die.
In Psalm 39:7-11, David has decided to put his hope in him. He begged God to save him from all his transgressions and don’t make him the scorn of his enemies. David would not open his mouth to talk bad about his enemies. David felt God’s rebuke in him and he now prayed for God to stop this punishment.
In Psalm 39:12-13, David begged God to hear his prayer and listen to his cry for help. David pleaded for God to look away from his transgressions and save him from his enemies so that he may rejoice again before his demise.
Psalm 39 Bible Study
1.Love your enemies
David had difficulty loving his enemies then he prayed God to give him strength so that he won’t sin by hating them. We must love our enemies, be kind to them and forgive them when they hurt us. In Luke 6:27, but I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. In Matthew 5:44, Â but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. In Romans 12:14, Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Â Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.Â Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
In Romans 12:19-21, dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.Â Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.Â Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.