Psalm 141 King James Version (KJV)
1 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
How often do you find yourself crying before the Lord? For me, it is often and for various reasons. I cry unto the Lord because of the mercy He has shown me. I’m overwhelmed by it! By His mercy He sought me out before I even knew Him. By His mercy, He drew me to His side so I could learn of His salvation. By His mercy He shed His blood on that cross so many years ago so I did not have to pay the penalty of my sin. By His mercy He brought people into my life to teach me His ways and be examples for me to follow. By His mercy – I could go on and on. I weep before God because of the mercy He has shown me.
I cry unto the Lord with thanksgiving. I am thankful that He first loved me, before I loved Him. I am thankful that He brought my old trusted friend back into my life to lead me to Him, and to introduce me to my wife. I am thankful for the family He has given me, and the amazing helpmate He has put by my side. I am thankful He thought enough about me to help me put aside my pride when it became too dominant. I am thankful – Oh, I am thankful for so many things that He has done. I weep before God when I think of how thankful I am.
I cry unto the Lord when I experience His peace and joy. He gives me peace when the toughest times come my way. He gives me peace when all around me seems to be chaos. He gives me joy when sorrow should be in my heart. He gives me joy when the rain is unceasing and my body is tired and worn. He gives me peace in the valleys of life because He walks with me there. He gives me joy when my body is aching and my mind is reeling. His peace and joy follow me always and I weep before God because of their beauty.
I cry unto the Lord because He loves me. There is no earthly reason why He should love me. I was cursing His name with every breath, a drunkard and a drug addict who could care less about God. Yet He loved me. Even after I gave my life to Him, I messed up over and over again, yet He loved me. I became prideful and arrogant in my faith, yet He loved me. He loved me through every minute that I turned away from Him. He loved me when I walked in sin, even though I professed my love for Him. I am amazed that He could love me, and that brings me to tears often.
Yes, i cry unto the Lord – not only with my prayers, but with my tears. He has been so good to me!
2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
It was the priests duty to keep the incense burning before the altar continually, day and night. God said it was a sweet smelling savor unto Him, and He was pleased with it. The evening sacrifice, which was offered at 3 pm, was a time when all the people would gather at the temple and offer up a sacrifice on the altar, and God was pleased with it. The daily schedule of all the people revolved around this and the morning sacrifice (9 am). Significantly enough, Jesus died at the exact time of the evening sacrifice – 3 pm.
Revelations says our prayers go up before Him with incense (Rev 8:4), and they are a sweet savor to Him. he loves it when we pray, and He loves it when we worship Him by lifting our hands in surrender. Surrender to His will, surrender to His love, surrender of ourselves as living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) Our desire should be to have purity in our prayer and worship lives – they rise to the throne of God!
3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Wow, do I need to pray this every day! My lips get me in more trouble than any other part of my body. I speak before I think way to often, and the one that is hurt most by it is the one I love the most – my wife. It is all too often my pride gets in the way and I get myself in the position of control, and I speak unwisely. It hurts her deeply and makes her feel inferior and that I don’t think she”s capable. For years, I always treated her that way, but now my pride has been subdued most of the time and I am gentle, soft-spoken and humble. But there are times that pride rears it’s ugly head and my lips let things escape that don’t need to be said. Oh Lord – set a guard over my mouth!
4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
When a thought enters my mind, it is not sin. Jesus even had thoughts enter His mind – in the wilderness the devil planted thoughts albeit very briefly. The thought itself does not constitute sin, It is when we dwell on it and it enters our heart – when we incline our heart toward it, that it becomes sin. Jesus has our answer – use the word of God to dispel those thoughts quickly. Do you know the bible well enough to come up with an answer for the hope that is within you (1 Peter 3:15)? Have you read the bible completely through, from beginning to end? If you have the Holy Spirit can bring scripture to your remembrance when you need it (John 14:26). We all need a good solid base of scripture knowledge to ward of he evil one
5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
I need to have reproof when I am going the wrong way in my walk with Jesus. I should welcome it! I have met far too many people who move from church to church because the pastor preached a message and they feel condemned. We must always remember that the devil condemns, the Holly Spirit convicts. If we feel convicted by a message, we should rejoice. We should thank God for sermons that reach into our hearts and grab us. God is speaking to us to make us stronger and better n our faith! Never run away when you are convicted in church about an area of your life. Instead, run to the altar and ask God to deal with it right then and there.,
6 When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.
7 Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
8 But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.
God will never leave us destitute if we will never turn from Him. When we turn our eyes to Jesus, and look n His wonderful face. the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace (Yes, that’s an old chorus). t is in these times that we can trust in Him, that we can gather ourselves together and not feel like our life has been scattered like cut wood.
9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.
I always enjoy seeing someone fall into the same trap as they laid for me, or receive the same treatment as they have given me. There is a satisfaction that can’t be explained. Now perhaps I should be weeping with those that weep in these cases (Rom 12:15), and often I do. But the pleasure I receive in seeing them squirm through what they had out me through is just to enjoyable sometimes. I hope God understands that!