The Door of My Lips

Today's devotion from Psalms 140-143.

I grew up on a farm. We would work in the fields, care for the cattle, mend the fences, and haul hay. I say this because, in my mind, I'm still a strong young buck who is able to do anything I set my mind to accomplish. In actuality, I got a job in a restaurant when I was 16, and really didn't work all that much on the farm. I'm not as young as I think I am, and I've never been as strong as I might like to pretend.

I remember one occasion that illustrates my point. Not long after moving into our new home, I set about building a playhouse for the kids. I began construction. I used blocks for the base, build the framework, and began putting it together without much issue. However, near the end of the project I noticed some shifting on the blocks that forced me to move the entire playhouse just a few inches.

No problem!

I found an old metal t-post, and went to leverage the playhouse into position. Only, I couldn't move it. Fortunately for me, a friend just happened to stop in about the time all this was happening. I immediately knew I couldn't move the clubhouse, but I couldn't let him know that. Without any thought, he nonchalantly grabbed the t-post from me, told me to position it as he lifted, and raised it like it was nothing. We all need a little help from time to time from someone who is more able. It may hurt our pride, but it is the truth.

David realized his limitations. In Psalm 141 he recognized his inability to overcome the temptation and sin that came his way. He needed someone to, "...set up a guard for (his) mouth," and, "keep watch at the door of his lips." (Psalm 141:3, CSB) Beyond just the sins of commission, which are so easy to see, he knew he needed help beyond his words and actions. He needed someone to guide his heart.

If we're being honest, we all need these same things in our lives. I don't know what temptations I will face today or tomorrow, but I do know that I need help overcoming them.