Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 141:1-2 : O LORD, I am calling to you. Please hurry! Listen when I cry to you for help! 2 Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.
Read - Psalm 141, 143, 144, 145
Psalm 141 is a song of surrender. Note the pleas: “Don’t let me”, “guard my lips” and “Keep me from”. There are times that are prayer and praise needs to be from a recognition that our flesh is at war with our spirit and that we need God or godly people to intervene to keep us from falling away. Call to God if you are feeling weak and see that he will come thru!
Lord, I will call to You when my flesh tries to overpower my spirit.
Praise the Lord who is my Rock says David in Psalm 144. Read Exodus 17 to get a visual of what we might mean by a phrase like that. Read Matthew 7 (the end of the chapter) to get another view of the rock. Finally, read Matthew 16:16-18.
Three key descriptors are used in David’s song to God in Psalm 145. ‘Exalt’, ‘Praise’, and ‘Awe-Inspiring Deeds’. To Exalt God is to Know His Worth and His Position and place Him there. It is to put him at the highest place possible. To Praise God brings in the emotions and comes out of a heart that is filled with a saving relationship. Recognizing God’s ‘Awe-Inspiring Deeds’ is often the trigger that brings us to Praise and Exalt but it is also a visual of the tangible working of God in His World and in our lives.