My Psalm: 141

Every week (most every week -- I’m not the most disciplines person in the world... on a constant journey of getting better at that -- we are moving though) I focus on a Psalm. This week it’s Psalm 141. When you focus on one Psalm for an entire week about everyday something new pops out but also one thing usually speaks pretty consistent all week long into my life.

So this week it was Psalm 141…
(the link is to the NIV version but i like the NRSV version better -- below)

“Let the righteous strike me.;
let the faithful correct me.
Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,
For my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.”

That was the line that kind of captured me this week. So my prayer has been that God would grant me a heart to be open and relationship to experience this truth. I’ve been thinking a ton about mentoring and mentorship kinds of relationships, it seem that God continues to bring it to mind. (another blog coming soon…) but I really think these kinds of relationships where people speak truth into our lives, correct us and even strike us (in a non paddling kind fo way) with words of truth is really important. We will grow when we have people who are invested in us, love us and want to see us become more like Jesus, we will grow when we intentionally invest in these types of relationships.

Other lines that caught my attention this week:

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you…”
-- In the book of Revelations in paints the picture of our prayers as incense that is continually wafted before God. He hears them over and over again and is please to do so. They smell good, I imagine some of our selfish prayers might not smell so good. But the God is continually hearing our prayers.

About the wicked… “do not let me eat of their delicacies…”
-- I wonder if the delicacies of the wicked are things like gossip, instant gratification, consumerism and the long list of the fruit of our selfishness. Hmmm…

There are a few other lines but that will do for not, do some meditation on your own, it’s good for you!

Shalom
~~Erik