We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
Psalm 141 seems a very useful one if you are someone who (like me!) often finds it hard to not wade mouth first into confrontation. It would be useful as well as a prayer at the beginning of the day before a difficult conversation or meeting. Asking God to be Lord over our mouths before we speak can be a useful way of reminding ourselves that it is possible to change long held habits. God is in the work of transformation and one of the most fantastic ways we can see that happening is through his work in us.
At the moment it seems all around us is division, arguing and uncertainty – whether on the news or at the dinner table. Verse 8 of the psalm asks God to be a place of refuge. When we feel secure often we are able to approach potentially inflammatory situations with kindness and grace rather than aggression. What is the holy spirit inviting you to say to those you encounter this week?
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil.