Psalm 141

Psalm 141

Isn’t it great how the Psalms seem to touch you when you most need it? In Psalm 141, David comes to God in prayer, asking for His protection against sin – in particular for godly thoughts, words, and actions. How often do we need to pray for the same things in our life! Note that the Psalm opens with David pleading with God to “hear his voice.” I am encouraged by how David asks God to “come quickly.” There is a sense of urgency about this prayer. David obviously takes sin seriously and wants to not be drawn to evil at this present moment. You also get the sense that such prayers are a daily part of David’s life and he prays hard against the deeds of evildoers. He prioritized time with God every day and sought his protection constantly.

David’s prayers were both proactive and reactive. He doesn’t want to “be drawn to what is evil” or dream of it and he also doesn’t want to be lured into temptation when it presents itself (which it invariably will do).

Could I suggest as a prayer to pray the words of verses 3-4 and 8-9 and may our Almighty God strengthen you, as He strengthened David in his time of need.

PS. As I write this I am abhorred by the events of the last 24-hours in Paris. Again, there are words in this Psalm that could be used as a prayer at this time, especially verses 5 and 10.

Dear Lord. I pray against the deeds of evildoers; may their rulers be thrown down from the cliffs. Keep my eyes fixed on you O Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge. Let the wicked fall into their own nets


2 thoughts on “Psalm 141

  1. Thank you Tony. This world soooooo needs Christ. Jesus also died for those who have done such evil. Satan has blinded their minds and hearts to the truth. May they too find mercy at the cross. Verse 5 speaks about correction offered to the believer by another believer. When we are corrected it has a way of revealing our heart. An unbroken heart will reveal itself. We should always be teachable and open to correction. Correction is not judging its merely pointing the person to truth. God is most interested in my heart when I’m corrected – regardless how its done. Its my reaction that He is interested in. If we are lead by the Holy Spirit to correct another believer there should be a real uneasiness. Something that we dread and can actually feel physically sick about doing it. The book of Proverbs has lots to say about correction and the two ways that correction is received.

    What a wonderful combined service this morning!!! How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell in unity – unity not uniformity. Psalm 133:1

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