What wicked delicacies of the world are we drawn to? And do we welcome the blow from a righteous friend who is helping us stay away from sin? David teaches us that if we desire to be righteous, we need God’s help. This help can come from God’s messengers if we listen…
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.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
6 Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
7 They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”
8 But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
9 Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
from the snares they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by in safety.
Yesterday we focused on how Ezekiel was the prophet to Israel when they rebelled against God and became less obedient and righteous before God than their pagan neighbours. Today we read Psalm 141, which is a prayer to God that we will be kept from falling in this way to our own wanton ways. David teaches us that if we desire to be righteous, we need God’s help.
God can guard our mouths and keep watch over our lips if we surrender our speech to him. And our lips follow our hearts, so David pleas for God to not let him be drawn to what is evil…
How often are we drawn toward what is evil? All the time, right? It’s 247. David talks about not eating the delicacies of the wicked. That’s killer language – an amazing description of how sin and evildoing are packaged in our world. Delicacies.
What delicacies are you drawn to?
It is helpful when we are drawn to the delicacies of the world, to have someone call us back. We often ignore God’s voice speaking to us in such times, and so he sends messengers from among us. Ezekiel was one such messenger. Our brothers and sisters in Christ can play the same role. David says in verse 5, “Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.” Samuel was his ‘righteous man’ who helped the King know when he was off-track.
Do we welcome the blow from a righteous friend who is helping us stay away from sin?
Many times we get defensive and self-righteous and full of the rationalizations of the world. How dare they? Beware… Perhaps their coming alongside is a message from God to keep you from eating of the delicacies of the world. Humble pie is served as dessert, and it would be better to avoid even sitting down at the table in the first place.