Psalm 141

David has set his eyes on the LORD. He lifts his hands in prayer, watches his speech, and guards his heart.




A Psalm by David.


VERSE 1. LORD, I have called on you. Come to me quickly! Listen to my voice when I call to you.


VERSE 2. Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

like incense. David envisions his own prayers rising up to the LORD like smoke rising from incense.

lift up my hands. In the Bible, lifting your hands when you pray is the norm. Most Pentecostals and Charismatics do that. But strangely, few other Christians do. Read more »


VERSE 3. Set a watch, LORD, before my mouth. Keep the door of my lips.

my mouth . . . my lips. This is the prayer of those who ask God to help them control what they say. The tongue is like the rudder of a ship. It is small but powerful, and can get us into all sorts of trouble.

Sirach 28:13. Curse the whisperer and double-tongued: For he has destroyed many that were at peace.

James 3:4.  Behold, the ships also, though they are so big and are driven by fierce winds, are yet guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot desires.


VERSE 4. Don’t incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity. Don’t let me eat of their delicacies.

my heart. It is so important to have a heart that desires God. We keep careful watch over it so that we don’t become self-centered or evil.


VERSE 5. Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness; let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head; don’t let my head refuse it; Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds.


VERSE 6. Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock. They will hear my words, for they are well spoken.

by the sides of the rock. That is, evil rulers will be thrown down from cliffs.


VERSE 7. “As when one plows and breaks up the earth, our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.”


VERSE 8. For my eyes are on you, LORD, the Lord. In you, I take refuge. Don’t leave my soul destitute.

my eyes are on you, LORD. David’s eyes are fixed on the Sovereign LORD. Even when life itself seems to fall apart, David is stubbornly centered upon the LORD God of Israel.

Seeking the kingdom of God is to be our number one priority. Yet for many of us, our use of time and money show that it is a low priority. Read more »


VERSE 9. Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, from the traps of the workers of iniquity.

snares . . . traps. Evil people set snares for the righteous. They try to trap the righteous and bring them down.


VERSE 10. Let the wicked fall together into their own nets, while I pass by.

their own nets. David prays that he not fall into the traps set by the wicked, but that they themselves fall into their own traps. Ultimately, they will reap what they have sown. Here is a famous Bible verse about that:

There is a law of “sowing and reaping” throughout the Bible. We don’t know how to fully reconcile it with grace and mercy. Here are the verses we’ve found »


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