Psalm 141: Trials and Temptations


13th November, 2016 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 141:1-10; Luke 22:39-45 |

Speaker: Dave Clarke

Psalm 141 is a psalm of deliverance, attributed to King David, possibly describing the time he was on the run from a vengeful King Saul. The title ‘Trials and Temptations’ tries to capture the physical and spiritual dangers David faced and which are addressed in this psalm.

Jesus taught his followers to pray….‘lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil’ and Psalm 141 anticipates the battles modern day disciples of Jesus will face, especially in the realms of temptation. Two principles to help us in this fight are considered;

  1. Evil can be attractive and this needs to be admitted. Verse 4; ‘Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil.’
  2. How to deal with the danger. This psalm gives several practical helps;
  • The need to turn to God and pray constantly (vs 1-2)
  • Lord set a guard over your mouth (v3)
  • Lord change my heart (v4)
  • Send a good friend to help share the battle (like the prophet Nathan challenged to return to God) (vs5-6)

The talk concludes with an affirmation of God’s promised help and security (vs8-10)…..‘but my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge!’

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