Friends, let's first stop and acknowledge that today we move into the final ten psalms of the book of Psalms. If you've been following along with us daily over these past months, you've made it a long way!
Psalm 141 "is a cry for God's help when facing the choice between good and evil." (Psalms for All Seasons) It is a personal prayer, and it offers us words to introduce our own prayers. Tonight, consider using these words, based on the first two verses of Psalm 141, as a beginning to a bedtime prayer:
Lord, come quickly,
listen to my voice as I pray.
May these words be like a sweet smell rising up,
as I close my eyes and fold my hands in prayer.
Or alternatively, play this beautiful sung version to lead you into prayer tonight:
1 I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me; give ear to my voice when I call to you.
2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not turn my heart to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with those who work iniquity; do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5 Let the righteous strike me; let the faithful correct me. Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head, for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6 When they are given over to those who shall condemn them, then they shall learn that my words were pleasant.
7 Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land, so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.
8 But my eyes are turned toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
9 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me, and from the snares of evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I alone escape.