Psalm 141:3-5 (NKJV) 3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. 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. 5 Let the righteous strike me; It shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; It shall be as excellent oil; Let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
What David is saying is, “My God, don’t let my lips and my life contradict each other.” My friends, we ought to do the same. We ought not to confess with our lips on Sunday then live the opposite way during the rest of the week. If you live like the world, if you live in the flesh, if you live like a child of the devil all week long. Then don’t expect God to accept your worship and here your prayers on Sunday. For Psalm 66:18 (NKJV) says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” Instead, we are told, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16 NKJV). “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22 NKJV). Doing things that are pleasing to God also include the words that leave our lips. This is why David ask for a guard to be stating at his mouth. And since what comes out of one’s mouth comes from the heart, David asks for a pure heart. He did not want to incline his heart toward any evil thing. We ought to do the same and stay away from corruption and wicked practices if we want our prayers to be powerful before God. Therefore, we ought to accept the rebukes of godly friends, so that we can correct our faults and repent of our sins. We can’t be out of fellowship with God and expect to have our prayers answered, even our prayers against the evil plans of the wicked.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.