Psalm 141 & 142: God’s Watch
Verse of the Day: (141:3) Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
1. God’s Watch (141:1-5)
Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. (141:1)
Like the Lord Jesus Christ, King David of Israel, had his fair share of great sorrow and sufferings, as he poured them out to God. However, all our sufferings are nothing compare to Jesus’ suffering, as He left His riches and splendour of glorious heaven, to live on earth, to minister, suffer and eventually die on the most humiliating and excruciating death on the cruel cross, not for His own sins, but the sins of the whole world. (Isaiah 53) David prayed to God to set a watch upon his lips and life, so that he would continue to praise and thank Him, amid his sorrow and suffering. Indeed, let us pray to God to watch over our lips and lives that we glorify and honour Him, and submitting to our pastors and missionaries who watch over our souls as they are accountable to Him, that they may do it with joy and never with grief. (Hebrews 13:17)
2. God’s Word (141:6-10)
When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet. (141:6)
Amid crises and corruption, David found great comfort and consolation in God’s Word. Many times, David recalled and recited God’s Word to encourage himself first as a shepherd boy, then the King of Israel, before God eventually promoted him to pearly heaven. David committed everything, including his enemies, to God, knowing that vengeance belonged to Him. (Deuteronomy 32:35) Let us turn our eyes to God and taste and experience His Word in our hearts, that they are sweet for our encouragement, and powerful for the edification of our souls, and for His glory and praise. (Hebrews 6:1-8)
3. God’s Way (142:1-7)
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. (142:3)
When David’s spirit and ways in worshipping and serving God were hindered by the devil, through his opponents and oppressors, and when he eventually reached the rock bottom of his life, he managed to look up to the Rock of the bottom, his Creator and Refuge. David knew that Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, is the only Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one could truly be saved by God, His Father, except through Him. Let us therefore trust and obey Jesus, and praise His name, as He is our only Way to heaven, our only Truth amid falsehood, and our only Life, as our souls shall never perish in the devil’s hell, but we shall live forever with Him in His eternal heaven. (John 14:1-6)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please set a watch over my lips and life giving glory and praise to You.