Songs of Praise: Psalm 140-141

Read Psalm 140-141 today. (Click on the link to read the verses at BibleGateway.com.)

Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men;
    preserve me from violent men,
who plan evil things in their heart
    and stir up wars continually.
 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s,
    and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah

 Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
    preserve me from violent men,
    who have planned to trip up my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
    and with cords they have spread a net;
    beside the way they have set snares for me.

Psalm 140:1-5

I read this on the heels of a conversation I just had with my friend and business partner. She shared her concern about customer satisfaction and how to better ensure those we serve leave happy or at least satisfied. The frustration she endured yesterday had a lot to do with me. My order writing skills are improving, but they still leave much to be desired, and a missing date left one of our customers pretty angry.

She tried to make it right, willing to do whatever would meet expectations. She tried, and she failed. There was no resolution, and in the end, we were left trying to keep this from happening again.

A fleeting thought went through my mind about ratings and social media. How easy it is for a person to blurt to the entire world through social media about their experiences with a product or a restaurant or store. While it hasn’t happened yet, it could, and it left me a little worried.

Worried until I read these words. Throughout these two psalms the writer pleads with God for protection. Requesting many times for deliverance and for God to preserve in the face of anger and discord.

No matter how hard we try, there will always be times when we fail. There’s just no way to meet all the expectations of others, nor ever get it all right. I’m not trying to make excuses for my mess up. We’ve made plans to avoid it in the future, and discussed how to do better. But you can’t turn back time and fix what’s already taken place. At least not this time.

It left me feeling vulnerable like I might just be thrown to the wolves over my mistake. The psalmist’s words reminded me to turn to God when I’ve done all I know to do, and trust Him to protect and work in and through my failure.

Have you failed too? Forgotten a commitment, left someone’s expectation unmet, even made another angry?

May I make a suggestion? You might want to examine your heart to get a clear picture of your mess up, make a commitment to change what you can, and trust God to provide a refuge and defense.

But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord; in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

Psalm 141:8

Father God, thank You for protecting me and using my failures to reveal what needs to change. Thank You for Your grace and goodness. I trust You to make things right.

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