141:1 «A Psalm of David.» LORD, I a cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
(a) He shows that there is no other refuge in our
necessity but only to flee to God for comfort of soul.
141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee [as]
incense; [and] the b lifting up of my
hands [as] the evening sacrifice.
(b) He means his earnest zeal and gesture, which
he used in prayer: alluding to the sacrifices which were by God's
commandment offered in the old law.
141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; c
keep the door of my lips.
(c) He desires God to keep his thoughts and ways
either from thinking or executing vengeance.
141:4 Incline not my heart to [any] evil thing, to
practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their d
(d) Let not their prosperity lure me to be wicked
as they are.
141:5 Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a
kindness: and let e him reprove me; [it
shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer
also [shall be] in their calamities.
(e) He could abide all corrections that came from
a loving heart.
141:6 When their judges are overthrown in stony
places, they shall g hear my words; for
they are sweet.
(g) The people who follow their wicked rulers in
persecuting the prophet will repent and turn to God, when they see their
wicked rulers punished.
141:7 Our bones are scattered at the h
grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth [wood] upon the earth.
(h) Here it appears that David was miraculously
delivered out of many deaths as in (2 Corinthians
Let the wicked fall into i their own
nets, k whilst that I withal escape.
(i) Into God's nets, by which he catches the
wicked in their own malice.
(k) So that none of them escape.