Verse 3: "My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:"
He confessed in verse 2 that through his commitment to silence: (1) "my anguish increased." Now he gives 2 further consequences of this commitment to silence: (2) "My heart grew hot within me" and (3) "as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue."
When you are playing football you have to constantly watch for the blitz. Here Satan is making an effort to blitz David in His offensive action and plan.
Jeremiah 20:9: "But if I say, 'I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot" (NIV).
While David is participating in this discipline of silence, he has had 3 big things happen: (1) "his anguish increased"; (2)"[his] heart grew hot with [him] as [he] meditated" - it literally burst into flames; and then we have the consequences in the last phrase of the verse (3) "then I spoke with my tongue."
In essence David is saying: "I blew it! I finally had to speak!"
The only redeeming factor in the whole experience is David did not speak to man on the horizontal but he turned toward the Lord and spoke to Him. At least he filled the ear of God and not the godless.
Philippians 4:6,7: "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (NASB).
don Wyrtzen prays: "Help me, Lord, to watch my ways and to keep my tongue from sin. Help me to bring my gravest concerns to you."
Verse 4: "'Show me , O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life."
In the first 3 verses we have been considering the resolution to keep silent in a painful situation. We now turn in this next segment to the prayer of impatience uttered at this time.
We have considered the frustrated resolve of silence, now we consider the humbling brevity of life.
There are 3 things David wants the Lord to show him in verse 4: (1) "my life's end"; (2) "the number of my days"; and (3) "how fleeting is my life."
Lord, what I really want to know is, What have I got left to work with?
Psalm 90:12: "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (NIV).
In these 13 verses, the Psalmist mentions himself 40 times. By the fact he makes so many mentions of himself, you can tell his heart is really hurting.
Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the heart" (NIV).
Someone has mathematically calculated a schedule that compares the average lifetime with a single day, beginning at 7 a.m. If your age is:
15, the time is 10:25 a.m.
25, the time is 12:42 p.m.
35, the time is 3:00 p.m.
45, the time is 5:16 p.m.
55, the time is 7:34 p.m.
65, the time is 9:55 p.m.
70, the time is 11:00 p.m. (InfoSearch 3.21)
David is probably figuring he is at 11:30 or 11:45!
Erwin Lutzer said: "At death we cross from one territory to another, but we'll have no trouble with visas. Our representative is already there, preparing for our arrival. As citizens of heaven, our entrance is incontestable.
Oswald Chambers said: "Death is God's delightful way of giving us life."
William Barclay says: "When I die, I should like to slip out of the room without fuss - for what matters is not what I am leaving, but where I am going."
Max Lucado says: "You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you. If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm. You have everything you need."
(Traveling Light, 32)