Psalm 141 is a psalm of David, which reads more like a prayer. Like him, I am asking Father God to set guard over my mouth, keep me from being enticed to do what is evil in His eye sight, and allow those who are following Him to rebuke me if I need it. Once I have been rebuked help me to receive it because I want to be in right-standing with Yahweh, my Creator, the God of all the living.
I believe this is the prayer we should all be praying. We should want to be more like Yah and less like the world. Our speech should be different. Our walk should be different. What we put in front of our eyes should be different. How we treat one another should be different.
I am learning to be different. However, I know it rubs some people the wrong way. I have to be okay with that, but it is hard on me mentally sometimes. I only want to be like my Father who is in heaven. I want to follow what He set forth. I am not always successful and that’s why I have to pray Psalm 141.
Keep Me from Evil
Yahweh, I have called you. Come to me quickly!
Listen to my plea when I call to you.
Let my prayer be like incense set before you, my uplifted hands like an evening sacrifice.
Set a guard, Yahweh, over my mouth. Keep watch at the door of my lips.
Don’t let my heart turn to anything evil or allow me to act wickedly with men who are evildoers. Keep me from eating their delicacies.
Let the righteous strike me. Let him correct me. It will be an act of love.
Let my head not refuse such choice oil, for I will keep on praying about their wickedness. When their rulers are thrown down from the cliff, the wicked will hear that my words were fitting. As when one plows and breaks the ground into clods, our bones are strewn at the mouth of the grave.
For my eyes, Adonai Yahweh, are on you. In you I take refuge. Don’t pour out my life.
Keep me from the trap they have set for me, from the snares of evildoers. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.