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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 141

avid prays for God's acceptance and assistance. (1-4) That God would appear for his rescue. (5-10)

Verses 1-4: Make haste unto me. Those that know how to value God's gracious presence, will be the more fervent in their prayers. When presented through the sacrifice and intercession of the Saviour, they will be as acceptable to God as the daily sacrifices and burnings of incense were of old. Prayer is a spiritual sacrifice, it is the offering up the soul and its best affections. Good men know the evil of tongue sins. When enemies are provoking, we are in danger of speaking unadvisedly. While we live in an evil world, and have such evil hearts, we have need to pray that we may neither be drawn nor driven to do any thing sinful. Sinners pretend to find dainties in sin; but those that consider how soon sin will turn into bitterness, will dread such dainties, and pray to God to take them out of their sight, and by his grace to turn their hearts against them. Good men pray against the sweets of sin.

Verses 5-10: We should be ready to welcome the rebuke of our heavenly Father, and also the reproof of our brethren. It shall not break my head, if it may but help to break my heart: we must show that we take it kindly. Those who slighted the word of God before, will be glad of it when in affliction, for that opens the ear to instruction. When the world is bitter, the word is sweet. Let us lift our prayer unto God. Let us entreat him to rescue us from the snares of Satan, and of all the workers of iniquity. In language like this psalm, O Lord, would we entreat that our poor prayers should set forth our only hope, our only dependence on thee. Grant us thy grace, that we may be prepared for this employment, being clothed with thy righteousness, and having all the gifts of thy Spirit planted in our hearts.


David Burnette's Life Application

His Wisdom


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 140. In our text today we see theme of a Prayer for help when facing temptation. Here we see David asking God to protect him and give Him wisdom in accepting criticism. In making application we see a focus on God in the midst of adversity. After we pray we need to seek the Lord in how to respond as we confidently depend on Him to deliver us. How about you? Do you depend on the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and Text today to remember to seek the Lord when facing adversity an He will give us wisdom.

 

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Psalm 141

Psalm 141

 1Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.

 2Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

 3Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

 4Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

 5Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

 6When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.

 7Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.

 8But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.

 9Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.

 10Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape.