Praying Through the Bible #70
TEXT: Psalm 141:1-5
We all remember King David as the person whom God said was a man after His own heart. Yet, when we think about David, most of us probably remember his transgressions more than we remember his victories. But, the reason why God blessed David is because He knew that David had his heart in the right place. Despite his failures, David desired to live a pure life that was pleasing to God.
This desire is reflected in many of David’s prayers recorded in the Psalms. He says in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” He also wrote, “Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” This desire for living a pure life is also shown in Psalm 141 which is our passage for today. We see in this psalm three prayer requests that David made that reflected his desire to live a life that was free from sin and evil. These are requests that we ought to make for our own lives. Today, we want to examine the prayer for the pure life.
1. David desired communication with the Lord. In verse 1, David says, “Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.” David was a man who was in communication with God. Through prayer, he talked to God, and he listened to God.
2. David desired wisdom from the Lord. In verse 3 he says, “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” David asks God to give him wisdom in how he uses his tongue. You can imagine a guard standing at the door of David’s life watching what goes in and goes out. David wants only pure things to go out of his mouth and out of his life.
3. David desired friends from the Lord. In verse 5 David says, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” We saw in verse 4 how that David does not want to be associated with the wicked, however, we see here that David does not wish to walk the path of purity alone either. He wants “righteous” companions to accompany him on this journey, and he asks God to give him those companions.
God wants us to live a life that is pure and holy. Like David, we ought to want to live this kind of life. From David’s example, we have seen three things that we can pray to God about that will help us get on track and stay on track on the road to a life of purity. (1) We must remain in communication with God in order to keep sin out of our lives. (2) We must ask for God’s wisdom in order to determine what is pure and what is impure. (3) We must ask God to give us righteous friends who will rebuke us from time to time and who will help us stay on the straight and narrow road.
The life of purity can be yours if you will go to God in prayer.