David's care of his thoughts.
Psalms 39:1 I sayde: I wil kepe my waies, that I offended not in my tonge. Psalms 39:2 And so I shut my mouth, whyle the vngodly layed wayte for me. Psalms 39:3 I helde my tonge, I was domme, I kepte sylence, yee eue from good wordes, but it was payne and grefe to me.
The consideration of the brevity and vanity of life,
Psalms 39:4 My hert was hote within me, & whyle I was thus musynge, the fyre kyndled: so that I spake with my tonge. Psalms 39:5 LORDE, let me knowe myne ende, and the nombre of my dayes: that I maye be certified what I wante. Psalms 39:6 Beholde, thou hast made my dayes a spanne longe, and my life is as it were nothinge before the. O how vayne are all men lyuynge?
the reverence of God's judgments,
Psalms 39:7 Sela. Yee euery man walketh as it were a shadowe, and disquieteth him self in vayne: he heapeth vp riches, and can not tell to whom he gathereth them. Psalms 39:8 And now LORDE, wherin shall I comforte me? my hope is in the. Psalms 39:9 Delyuer me from all myne offences, and make me not a scorne vnto the foolish.
and prayer, are his bridles of impatience.
Psalms 39:10 I kepe sylece, and open not my mouth, for thou hast done it. Turne thy plages awaye fro me, for I am cosumed thorow the feare of thy hade. Psalms 39:11 When thou punyshest man for synne, thou chastenest him: so that his beutie consumeth awaye, like as it were a mothe. O how vayne are all men? Psalms 39:12 Sela. Heare my prayer o LORDE, and considre my callinge: shewe not thy self as though thou sawest not my teares. For I am a straunger and pilgrymme with the, as all my forefathers were. Psalms 39:13 Oh spare me a litle, that I maye refresh myself, before I go hence, and be nomore sene.