comes from growing mature in Christ.
is a psalm
for those who want
more spiritually mature.
This page is written for personal Bible study
Bible study groups to use.
For this Psalm page,
I am going to use the New Living Bible.
O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry!
Listen when I cry to you for help!
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The first thing David does in this psalm
is model for us
that it is O.K.
come to God in prayer asking for help
asking him to hurry!
David also says in Psalm 70:
Rescue me, O God!
Lord, hurry to my aid!
Psalm 70:1 TLB
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David also says in Psalm 31:
Answer quickly when I cry to you;
bend low and hear my whispered plea.
Be for me
a great Rock of safety from my foes.
Psalm 31:2 TLB
God allows us to respectfully say,
"Hurry up, God!"
Think about the amazing humbleness of God
that he not only allows us
- but that he suggests to us -
that we tell him to Hurry up!
We can say:
"God, be quick to hear my prayer and act on my prayer!"
"God, hurry and release your power to help me."
"God, put me at the top of your 'to do' list."
we must realize that
God may decide to make us wait.
There are many reasons why God may be
"what we perceive as > > slow."
Waiting is a part of the maturing process
of a Christian.
Consider our page:
2 Accept my prayer
as incense offered to you,
and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
The word "incense"
gives us thoughts of a sweet-smelling aroma.
seems to link prayer with the idea of incense.
In Psalm 141:2,
David tells us that he wants his prayers
incense to God - meaning - pleasing to God.
He wants to pray in a way that pleases God.
Incense were given in the temple in a regular, daily manner.
So this verse teaches the idea of daily prayer.
See also - Exodus 30:7-9 and Malachi 1:11
Raising Hands to God
There are many reasons to raise our hands to God.
It may be to honor God.
It may be to show submission to God.
It may be to show we want to be close to God.
I like to think about the following:
When children want to be close to a parent,
they will walk up to a parent
and hold their hands up.
that the child wants to be
close (or closer) to a parent.
It generally indicates a desire for closeness, touch, and nearness.
It is a desire to experience more feelings of
love, security, and protection.
Holding hands up usually indicates
that a child
wants nothing between himself and the one he loves.
David says in Psalm 63:4
I will bless you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands
to you in prayer.
Psalm 63:4 TLB
Also see: 1 Timothy 2:8, Psalm 134:2For a little Christian humor about hand raising click: Hands up
3 Take control of what I say, O Lord,
guard my lips.
This verse is a short prayer
that would be a
for a prayer
that we pray often.
As we pray this verse,
we are actually asking God
to whisper to us
when we are about to say something
we shouldn't say
we are implying
that we will listen to God and be quiet
when we hear God nudging us
to be quiet.
Also note that
if we often ignore
the voice of God in an area of our life,
- at some point -
quit talking to us about that area.
That SHOULD make us shake in our boots.
When God quits talking to us about a vital area
in our life,
we are headed for terrible trouble.
David practically begs us
God for help
listen and act
when God speaks.
We have a separate page about this verse:-
4 Don’t let me drift toward evil
take part in acts of wickedness.
Don’t let me share
in the delicacies
who do wrong.
Here David shows that he has become wise enough
that the path of
progression into evil
generally slow, deceptive, and usually almost imperceptible.
Often we don't realize
that we are
drifting toward bad things.
it is only
by trying to follow
- and staying teachable -
that we are guided away from the easy progression
living for self instead of living for God.
Here is a helpful Scripture:
Avoid even the appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Obeying the above verse
will protect us from all kinds of trouble.
David said he does not want to
"feast on wicked delicacies."
David is also reminding himself (and us)
that evil sends out
signals of temptations
that our flesh finds delicious.
David wisely asks God to
wake him up
from spiritual slumber
some kind of temptation
him toward sin.
David wants to choose right things
but he knows
the devil will either distract us, or tempt us
when we are tired,
he can disguise his temptations
as something good
if we are not wise and alert.
David is praying for God to alert him
when danger is near.
Despise God's Word
find yourself in trouble.
Obey it and Succeed.
Proverbs 13:13 TLB
5 Let the godly strike me!
It will be a kindness!
If they correct me, it is soothing medicine.
Don’t let me refuse it.
But I pray constantly
against the wicked and their deeds.
"Let the godly strike me"
What does that mean?
"Let the godly point out what I am doing wrong."
The Amplified Bible of this verse is:
Let the righteous
[thoughtfully] strike (correct) me —
it is a kindness
[done to encourage my spiritual maturity].
Psalm 141:5a ERV version says:
If good people correct me,
I will consider it a good thing.
The words "strike me"
that the correction may not feel good.
Proverbs 15:31-32 TLB says -
If you profit from constructive criticism,
you will be elected to the wise men's hall of fame.
But to reject criticism
and your own best interests.
Correction doesn't feel Good
We may feel hurt or ashamed at the words
that are spoken to us.
But David reminds us that it is better to have painful
rather than to
continue to ignore
God whispering to us about
a harmful situation / a sinful situation.
David is showing us spiritual maturity -
He doesn't get offended
when he hears the truth about himself.
Do you get offended
when you hear truth about yourself?
Do you find yourself using the words
in order to get people to leave you alone?
The "Judge not" verse is misunderstood because it is not carefully read.
Click below to find out what God is really saying:
In this Psalm 141 verse, David teaches us to
God to convict us
and in verse 5,
David teaches us to
God to send people to
- correct us and point out our wrong -
if we need it.
wisdom and maturity.
This Psalm is teaching us
what godly maturity looks like.
Consider our prayer for maturity
at the bottom of the page
We are supposed to imitate David
and become mature.
Psalm 141 is not written to make us feel comfortable.
It is written
to make us feel convicted so we can grow.
This Psalm is written to spur us
toward maturity in the Lord.
Think of a spur on cowboy boots.
What does this mean -
"Oil for my head"
David was anointed with oil by Samuel to be king.
Anointing with oil
was a sign of honor.
if wise, godly people rebuked David,
he would see it as being honored.
Proverbs 9:8 TLB says -
But a wise man when rebuked,
will love you all the more.
Proverbs 12:15 TLB says -
A fool thinks he needs no advice,
but a wise man listens to others.
Proverbs 15:14 TLB says -
A wise man is hungry for truth,
while the mocker feeds on trash.
Galatians 6:1 TLB says -
if a Christian
overcome by some sin,
you who are godly
gently and humbly
help him back onto the right path.
See also James 5:19-20, 2 Timothy 2:24-26, 2 Timothy 4:1-4
We conclude the discussion
of verse 5
with the following verse:
Learn as you go along what pleases the Lord.
Take no part
in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness,
rebuke and expose them.
Ephesians 5:10-11 TLB
6 When their leaders are
thrown down from a cliff,
the wicked will
listen to my words and find them true.
In verse 6, David talks about the wicked.
This verse highlights a common form of execution back in those days.
David says that
- wicked rulers, the bad judges,
the bad leaders -
will one day get their just punishment
- and then -
the wisdom of what David is saying to them.
7 Like rocks brought up by a plow,
the bones of the wicked
will lie scattered without burial.
The Holy Land is very rocky.
So a new farmer breaking up new land
will unearth lots of rocks.
This verse seems to be saying that
David feels that
all the rocks lying around
in the heat of the sun in a newly worked field
is similar to
the victims of unjust judges, leaders, & rulers.
Reading this psalm in Hebrew,
it is clear that
the bones are scattered
at the mouth of Sheol.
This verse uses the Hebrew word "Sheol"
which is Strong's Hebrew word # 7585.
In the Old Testament,
the name of the place
where the souls of the dead go
They are scattered at the mouth of the place of the dead.
It appears that David is saying that the ungodly leaders have lead the people to the place of the dead.
The ungodly leaders have lead people
to harmful, dead, unproductive things.
In conclusion of verses 6 and 7...
When people see that
the people and or things
that they have put their trust in
- have been destroyed -
then the people will turn away from
these ungodly "heroes."
8 I look to you for help,
O Sovereign Lord.
You are my refuge; don’t let them kill me.
Here David seeks refuge and strength
through his relationship with God.
And he is teaching us to do the same thing.
David also said
The LORD is my rock,
and my fortress, and my deliverer ;
my God, my strength,
in whom I will trust;
and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Psalm 18:2 KJV
9 Keep me from the traps
they have set for me,
from the snares of those who do wrong.
Snares are usually things
that you step into and get caught
have trouble escaping.
Many types of sins
- such as drug addiction & sexual sins & unforgiveness -
grab us quickly and hold us tight.
The Bible tells us that
the devil is like a roaring lion
who is seeking those he can devour.
We are wise to remember that
seek to draw us into a snare of the devil.
If we want to be
of the devil's snares,
we can find help
by praying the following verse often:
Here is God's POWER Verse:
Submit yourself to the Lord
resist the devil
he will flee from you.
See our Champion page called - James 4:7
In the following prayer,
we focus on the words:
Submit yourself to the Lord
I need to submit to your will.
I need to lay down,
and walk away,
from the things
in my life
that do not line up with your biblical truth.
I need to conquer myself.
I need to use wisdom when making godly decisions.
I need to use self-control
in order to follow you closely.
Help me, Lord.
I am determined to learn to yield to your will.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Copyright © 2016 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
Another verse to consider:
Wise people see trouble coming
and get out of its way,
but fools go straight to it and suffer for it.
Proverbs 22:3 ERV
See also our pages:
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
but let me escape.
Psalm 9 helps us understand this verse.
Psalm 9 explains:
The nations fall into the pitfalls
they have dug for others;
the trap they set has snapped on them.
The Lord is famous for the way
he punishes the wicked in their own snares!
Psalm 9:15-16 TLB
Note that -
The demonic forces try to stir up pride because -
Pride goes before a fall.
Psalm 141 verse 10
reminds us that
God will eventually give consequences
to the wicked.
AND in this Psalm
David is praying...
Even when I foolishly sin and get caught
in the trap or snare of the devil,
let me escape.
Show me the way out.
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Many times the way out
involves US getting tough with ourselves
self-control and determination and zeal
for God's righteousness
to be displayed in our life.
If you want to work on your
consider spending time with God early in the day!
Consider our pages:
Prayer for Maturity
I will listen for your voice
with a heart
ready to change anything
that doesn't line up with your Bible words.
direct my heart to seek you this day.
direct my mind to think
thoughts of dedication to you.
to be steadfast
in standing for you and with you this day.
I pray these things in Jesus’ name,
Copyright © 2018 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com
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