Thursday, January 5, 2012

Psalm 141 ~ Help in a Time of Evil

A personal confession adapted from the Psalms.

Help in a Time of Evil ~ from Psalm 141

I cry out to Yahweh, Come quickly!
He hears me and answers.
I set my prayer before Him like incense,
I lift up my hands to give Him praise.

Set a guard, O Yahweh, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips!

Out of the overflow of my heart,
My mouth speaks;
So I will keep my heart with all diligence.*
I will not let it be turned toward any evil thing,
Or take part with those who do wrong.
Nor will I honor their ways.

If the righteous reprove me,
It is a kindness to me.
If they correct me,
It is an anointing for my head,
I will receive it and prosper by it,

But my prayer is against the deeds
Of those who do what is evil.
When they are cast aside,
My words will be heard,
Words of healing and hope,
Guided and guarded by Yahweh.

My eyes are on Yahweh, my God.
He will keep me safe
And guide me past
The traps of the enemy,
The snares of the wicked.
They will fall into their own nets,
While I walk safely by.

* “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

(See also The Door of My Lips)

Personal Confessions from the Psalms
Personal Confessions from the Psalms
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