Introduction: Psalm 141 is a psalm of prayer, obedience, worship and trust.
God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites to obey His commands and they would become a kingdom of Priests. 1446 BC [ Exodus 19:5-6 ] However, King Saul disobeyed God. From the Lord’s rebuke of Saul in 1028 BC Israel was in turmoil and decline. Saul was tormented by his own sin and rejection by the Lord. He and many in Israel knew or suspected the secret that David had been anointed by Samuel, yet Saul was desperate for Jonathan to be the next king.
Saul became jealous of David military success and tried to kill him several times. Finally, Saul’s son Jonathan and daughter Michal, David’s wife helped David escape in 1007 BC.
For the next 7 years David was on the run from Saul for his life. 1 Samuel 23: “14 David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds,… And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.”
Two times David had the opportunity to kill Saul but refused to take action against God’s anointed king. Saul and Jonathan were both killed in battle with the Philllistines and David crowned as king of Judah [1000 BC] and over all Israel [993 BC].
In Psalm 141 David is writing calling for help in attacks by enemies. I believe it is likely that Psalm 141 is from David’s 7 year flight from King Saul. During the 18 year period of disobedience by Saul the nation was not only in turmoil but they ceased to fill their role as a kingdom of priests to the nations.
We can be in that same place as Israel in the church if we lose our focus on Jesus and become bitter, sarcastic and grumble about every thing that we don’t like. John said that Jesus gave disciples the glory of God so we could be in unity so; “that the world may believe that You sent Me”; “so that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” [John 17:22-23 The Glory of God ]
Believers should seek refuge in God because He is the only One who can give us grace and strength to face temptation and evil and keep our focus on Jesus and His Great Commandment and Great Commission.
Henry Luke 8/20/2017
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