In spite of his power and authority as king, David did not feel self-sufficient. He knew he was in peril every single day. Therefore, he prayed every day, and he prayed powerfully. His prayer teaches us to do likewise. 

Psalm 141 is about prayer. In fact, it is a psalm in which every word and sentence is a prayer. It has been called an evening psalm or a psalm to be sung before retiring because of verse 2, where David prays, “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” There are other psalms like this, particularly toward the beginning of the Psalter. Psalm 4 and Psalm 63 have been called evening psalms. Psalm 5 is a morning psalm. In the liturgical tradition of the church Psalm 141 has been used for vespers. 

In yesterday's study we began a look at Charles Haddon Spurgeon's sermon on the second half of this psalm, beginning with verse 6. In today's study we continue our look at Spurgeon's outline, which began with the first point of possession, when David says, “You are my God” (v. 6). 

So what do we do when we are surrounded by “people of the lie," above all when we find so much of their terrible evil in ourselves? The answer is to do what David did. We turn to God as the only one who can deliver us both from others and ourselves; we place our needs before him and then praise him for the deliverance he gives. 

Speaking of the psalm, Charles Spurgeon says, “David's enemies were as violent as they were evil, as crafty as they were violent, and as persistent as they were crafty.” That is true. But if Paul's use of the psalm is accurate, these judgments must also be made of us. We also are violent, evil and crafty, either actually or potentially. And if that is the case, then David's prayer for deliverance from those who love evil for its own sake must also be a prayer for deliverance from ourselves. We too need a Savior, and the only one who can save us from ourselves is God.