Psalm 141:5f-7 CSB
5f …Even now my prayer is against the evil acts of the wicked.
David wanted God to punish those who sought to take his life. David did not pray against the wicked but against their evil acts. Whether through the aid of faithful friends or divine intervention, David wanted God to keep him from committing deeds of disobedience to God.
6 When their rulers will be thrown off the sides of a cliff, the people will listen to my words, for they are pleasing.
God’s justice ultimately prevails. The rulers had rebelled against God and led their people into evil deeds. The phrase thrown off the sides of a cliff portrayed the dreadful nature of God’s judgment on leaders who influence others to sin. When God holds rulers accountable, the people will witness the public judgment of sin and listen to the words of righteous leaders such as David.
The wise words of the righteous are pleasing and pure. They are like honey in a honeycomb, “sweet to the taste and health to the body” [Proverbs 16:24]. When people revel in doing evil, they reject godly words, because such words remind them that God condemns their wickedness. If they recognize the danger of their ways and repent, they begin to value godly wisdom.
7 As when one plows and breaks up the soil, turning up rocks, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
This verse could have been a possible picture of the families of the 85 priests and families of Nob killed by Doeg. They may have been buried in a shallow grave “Sheol” and later a farmer plows up their bones as “rocks”. This picture portrayed the damage that evildoers were inflicting on godly people of Israel.
David prayed that God would intervene and stop the onslaught of the wicked on Israel. Then the people would listen to his pleasing and pure words.
A person must be real with no pretense in praying. God understands our hearts’ turmoil when we have trouble. He knows whether we have a heart of obedience or disobedience.
Henry Luke 8/23/2017
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