(10 verses, 1:10 to read)
What I am about to READ
- David prays to the Lord, for protection from the wicked, for protection from the wickedness of his own heart, for wisdom to receive rebuke from the righteous, and for deliverance from the Lord.
- This prayer, like the Lord’s Prayer, covers a multitude of petitions in short succession.
- All of the Psalm is a prayer, except, perhaps, verses 5-7. These verses could be read as a prayer of a sermon.
- 141:2 is the traditional versicle for Vespers, the evening prayer office of the church, and is prayed immediately before the canticle (usually the Magnificat, Mary’s Song). David connects the burning of the evening sacrifice of the temple with his prayers.
- Like all the Psalms, this Psalm assumes we have enemies, that our lives are full of trouble, and that the Lord alone is our constant help and savior.
- O Lord, guard us, protect us, keep us from the wick who assault us and the wickedness within that would turn our hearts from You. Keep us safe in Your Name and kindness. Amen.
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