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: Psalm 39:2-3
Prior to David making a profound request about his life’s work and meaning, he considers carefully what he’ll say. He’s, as they say, gathering his thoughts. We don’t know if it was an hour or a week that he remained silent and thought about his next words. It’s apparent that he not only that about what he would say, but as he mulled it over, it eventually had to come out.
Our tendency is to blurt out what we’re thinking without considering the consequences. It’s a tough balance between stating what needs to be said and considering what should be said. Our speech won’t be as profound as David’s was, but with a little more thought, our words can be much more “measured” and considerate. Blurting our immediate thoughts is rarely helpful.