The Request for Protection to keep David from wrong doing

Psalm 141:3-5a-e CSB

Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.

During all this turmoil David ask that the Lord protect him from saying the wrong thing by setting a guard and watch over what he said. It is clear from the scripture that David was willing to wait on the Lord and did not want to say anything that give his enemies an opportunity for slander. He did not want to lose focus on obeying and serving God.

Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing or perform wicked acts with men who commit sin. Do not let me feast on their delicacies.  

 Not only Saul was a problem for David but also leaders who wanted to make him king and men like Doeg who killed 85 priests and their families and stock at Nob. [1 Samuel 22:8-23 ] David believed he caused these death’s and was grieved. He ask the Lord to not let his heart turn to evil or perform wicked acts with leaders or men like Doeg.          

The phrase feast on their delicacies points to sin’s empty promises of pleasure and profit. But, every wicked act harms both the evildoers and other people around them. David understood the deceptive nature of evil. Wickedness ultimately leads to God’s judgment and results in the sinner’s and others harm. David found this out many years later when he committed adultery with Bathsheba.

5a-e Let the righteous one strike me—it is an act of faithful love; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it….

David recognizes his own weakness to resist sin and is asking for God or a righteous person to chasten him as an act of “faithful love”. He said let me accept it as “oil for my head”. The psalmist said Lord examine my heart and mind. [Psalm 26:2] That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection. [Philippines 3:10] my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; [ Isaiah 26:9 ]

If we ask God to intervene against others, we must be willing to open our own lives to His righteous judgment and testing.       

Henry Luke 8/22/2017      

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