Set a Guard Over My Mouth
Verse 1 – Lord, I cry out to You; make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
Verse 2 – Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
The incense represented the prayers rising up to God.
Verse 3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
We have to watch and be very careful how we talk and what we tell others when we are going through situations. You can’t be asking for deliverance when praying and then saying, “I’m never going to make it!” Our words have to agree with what God has written in His Word.
Faith spoken out loud puts things into motion and then we do all we can do, the Father does the rest.
Verse 4 – Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.
David asks God to guard his heart against evil, because evil acts begin with evil desires and thoughts. Our desires will change to God’s desires when we read His Word.
Verse 5 – Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness, and let him reprove me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
This verse is confusing, but it sounds like David didn’t care at this point what happened to him. Have you ever felt like that, I have. It’s not a good place to be. I snapped out of it with prayer and God’s Word spoken over my life. He is always our hope.
Verse 6 – Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff, and they hear my words, for they are sweet.
Verse 7 – Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, as when one plows and breaks up the earth.
This psalm was probably written when David was hiding from Saul in caves. He was losing hope and in a deep depression.
I’ve been there too, many times, but I’m still here. I’m living proof that God does bring you out. Nothing we go through is ever done alone if you belong to Him. We are over-comer’s because Jesus overcame the world!
Verse 8 – But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; in You I take refuse; do not leave my soul destitute.
Verse 9 – Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
Verse 10 – Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely.
And David did escape safely. While he was in that cave, he built a mighty army and taught them the ways of God.
If everything in our lives always went our way, with no pot holes to fall in, would we draw as close to God as when we see no way out?
Yes, this life is hard, but it’s a lot better going through it with the Creator, then it is to go it alone.
By faith we walk, led by His Spirit!