-Theme: Call upon the LORD and trust Him when facing temptation and needing protection. The wisdom of righteous reproof.
-Historical Insight: This is a Psalm of David.
-*Application* How demanding are you when you beseech the God of the universe? David here shows us that boldness is a favored quality when we approach His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Not only that, but we should have great expectation in faith when we pray (Matthew 21:22). Further, as responsible Christians we are to ask the Father to set a “guard” over our mouth and a “door” over our lips (Psalm 141:3). This is the same theme James picks up on with regard to the tongue and the damage that it can cause in our lives when left unchecked by the Holy Spirit (James 1:26; 3:5-12). The average person speaks around 700 times a day. It is wise to ask God to guard what we say. Speak blessing and build others up rather than tearing down with evil words in your life. Our words come from the overflow of our heart as David rightly assesses (Psalm 141:4). Where is the inclination of your heart today? Is it centered on God and His ways, or is it focused on self-gratification and gain? Your actions will reveal the real desires of your heart. Then, David focuses on accountability when he writes accurately on the advantage of receiving a righteous person’s rebuke for misdoings. There are three things here for us to consider from just criticism: 1) Don’t refuse it, 2) Consider it a kindness, 3) Keep quiet in it and resist the temptation to fight back. Discipline in your life can be ultimately productive and beneficial if we will be strong enough and mature enough to recognize that (Hebrews 12:5-17). Finally, David expresses the need to keep our eyes focused on the LORD for our security (Hebrews 12:1-2). Trusting in the all-powerful God to take care of us in the dangers of life is our best bet. He has a way of keeping us out of the “jaws” and “snares” of the wicked and their evil schemes to bring us safely through (Psalm 141:9-10, Ephesians 6:10-12).
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 141:5