“Lord, Guard My Mouth and My Heart!”
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. Psalm 141:3-4
This Psalm is one of David’s evening prayers for SANCTIFICATION and PROTECTION. David knew how wicked the mouth can be, so he called upon the Lord to “set a guard over his mouth,” and a “watch over the door of his lips,” in order for his speech to NOT be against God and His laws. David knew that the tongue was, as James, a disciple of Jesus, wrote, “a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6)
In order to be SANCTIFIED, David knew that one of the most evil parts of his body was his MOUTH. It corrupts the WHOLE body, and it needed a GUARD over it, and a watch over his lips to keep him from SINNING against God.
Then David asked God to KEEP his HEART from being drawn to evil so that he would NOT participate in WICKED deeds. David was asking God to help him STAY AWAY from temptation, and partaking in those WICKED deeds with those who are evildoers. The very last statement: “do not let me eat their delicacies” refers to the sensual pleasures procured by their WICKED deeds.
David knew that he could not obtain SANCTIFICATION if he allowed his speech to be that of an evil nature or his deeds to be tainted by WICKEDNESS that was in his HEART. He wanted to be PLEASING to Almighty God, and wanted very much to be SANCTIFIED by God.
This SHOULD BE the prayer of EVERY TRUE BELIEVER that God would GUARD our MOUTH and HEART, and would SANCTIFY and PROTECT us from falling into TEMPTATION, and being UNFAITHFUL to Him.
If you are NOT a TRUE BELIEVER that is if you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then your MOUTH and HEART are UNGUARDED and you are using them to do WICKED deeds, which will send you to Hell, the place of UNENDING torture, torment, heartache, pain, agony, and despair. However, you can change that destination by coming to God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and let Him GUARD your MOUTH and HEART, so that you might receive SANCTIFICATION and PROTECTION. Do it NOW, while you still can, He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!