Sunday, May 21, 2017

Psalm 141

Sometimes some of us have sins that seem to track us down and catch us over and over again. The writer of Hebrews called them "the sin that so easily entangles us." Hebrews 12:1

Psalm 141 has a good plan of action for us to combat sin.

1 I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. 
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. 
3 Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. 
4 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. 

5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.

Call to God - ask Him to come quickly.

Ask God to guard your mouth - to watch what you say. Don't let your words make your sin worse.
Pray verse 4. At times we can easily be drawn into sin. It's a different sin for each of us. But our old sin nature can still pull our heart strings. The Apostle Paul wrote quite a bit about his struggle with sin. Romans 7:14-25

21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.  

Have some good friends in your life - friends that you can share your struggles with. Give your friend permission to confront you when he/she sees you headed down the path to sin. (See verse 5)
You don't have a friend like that? You have to work to BE a friend like that and to develop that kind of friendship. That's a whole other blog post....

Psalm 141:4 reminded me of the third verse of the great hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing."

O to grace, how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be.
Let thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,
bind my wondering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, Lord, take and seal it, 
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Here's a modern version of this great hymn with some new words added.

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