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