Psalm 141:3-4 “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”
You rarely find a person that will be as transparent with their life as David is in the writing of the Psalms. Many of the psalms are prayers from the heart. We get a glimpse of some of the intimate conversations between David and God.
He prays nationally – for his nation and others around him. He prays intimately – for his inner desires to be fashioned by God. He praises, pleads, and puts himself on the line to be changed both inwardly and outwardly.
At the end of David’s proclamation of patriotism for his nation and against all that would oppose, David, humbles himself to pray this prayer:
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Because of his position, power, and influence, David could have been lifted in pride to think himself more than just the shepherd boy made a king. God sought for a man such as David.
1 Samuel 13:14 “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”
Acts 13:22 “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”
If ever there was a need for God’s people today, it would be to fashion ourselves to desire a deep, meaningful relationship like David. Would to God, we could have a prayer life (not just a prayer time) that would have depth, intimacy, and a two-way conversation.
Can we be honest enough to say that our prayers could be more? I know that mine certainly needs more. Jesus told us the power and importance of prayer. It truly comes down to the performing of it.
Are we too busy to even thank the One who saved us? Talk with the One who transformed our life? Check-in with the One who now holds the deed to the body, soul, and spirit?
This life travels at an increasingly fast pace. We don’t seem to find the time. We must make God and our prayer a priority. I will share with you today that I am just as convicted by these words to do as I have written.
I will see you at the throne of grace!