Psalm 141 – Selected Verses
1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
What a prayer – for who among us has never wished that we could take back something we’ve said – words said in anger, perhaps, or words which demean another? A “guard over our mouth, a door over our lips” would be very handy at times. In the letter of James, we read, “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” But we can pray that God would help us to think before we speak. Practice speaking only well of others, and only words that build another person up, rather than cut them down. Make this a daily prayer.
Lord, I know my tongue often gets ahead of my mind and heart. I am quick to speak and I repent of the many thoughtless things I have spoken. I am sorry for words I have spoken in anger or in gossip. Please help me to see when I am about to speak without thinking and to check my heart. Help me be slow to speak. Help me Lord to be a person full of loving words, full of your Spirit, overflowing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control. Amen.
Debbie Przybylski (and you thought “Rollwage” was a hard name to get your tongue around!)