“I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you!” I can hear the desperation in David’s words at the beginning of Psalm 141.
David goes on to say,“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies” (v.3-4).
In other words, David is asking for Lord to keep his mouth, his heart, and his mind in check. He’s wanting God to keep him from sinning.
David’s transparency is key in this chapter. He goes on looking further inside himself by asking God to make him aware of his faults.
“Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers,” (v. 5).
David is seeking accountability from the “righteous,” knowing that his shortcomings will be brought to light, but he’s willing to walk through it to ensure he’s kept from evil. In verse 8, David says, “But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.”
This prayer gives us a map we can use in our lives today, not only in moments of distress, but in every moment of each day.
First, we need to call out to God. Second, we should ask the Lord to protect us by guarding our mouth, heart, and mind. Third, we should ask God to reveal areas of our life that need to be given to Him. And lastly, we need to keep our eyes on Him.