Yesterday we read in Psalm 140 about hope in hard times. Today we see that when we are facing trials, we must not allow ourselves to move away from righteousness.
David is still feeling under attack, but here he is writing about his own response to that attack, and asking God to help him remain righteous although he is being provoked.
Firstly, David asks God to set a guard over his mouth. Centuries before James would write that “The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body” (James 3:6), David understood that, whatever may be happening, he needed to Lord to guard his lips so that he didn’t fall into sin through what he might say.
Secondly, David asks the Lord to save his heart from being drawn to what is evil. The heart is often imagined to be the seat of human emotions, so perhaps here, David is asking for God to help him keep his feelings clean and his emotions pure, not to give in to anger or bitterness or unforgiveness.
Thirdly, David says that he will accept a rebuke from a righteous man. He may have been a king, but David understood that he still needed to accept wise counsel from other Godly people, even if that wise counsel was hard for him to hear.
David’s example is a good one to us if we are facing trials of any kind – watch our speech, watch our emotions, and listen to wise counsel.
Meditation verse: But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge – do not give me over to death.