Psalm 141:4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Our hearts are a precious thing, which we need to protect. In fact, David asks God to guard it. Our hearts are easily led to evil, if we are not paying attention. David knew that. For even though he was called a man after God’s own heart, he still had a sinful nature just like ours. It is a nature that pulls us away from God. We need His help in order to guard our hearts.
Paul says in Philippians Chapter 4, the peace of God will guard our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. When we do not rely on God’s peace, we rely on ourselves and only screw things up. We cannot guard our hearts ourselves, instead we need to depend on God. God’s peace, which Paul says transcends all understanding, will protect us from self-reliance. I heard somebody on the radio today talking about self reliance. He said that every time you see in the Bible that a person reasoned in their own mind, trouble was coming for them. And it is also true that when the person sought God and His wisdom, good things came to them. We need the Spirit of God, to keep us from evil. We need to trust in His provision and not the world’s.
Dear God, I pray as David did, asking you to protect from sin. Guard my heart and my mind with Your awesome peace. Help me to be not envious of the wicked, but instead help me to trust in You and be faithful to You. You are an amazing God. I thank you that You do not leave us alone to live life, but instead You are totally involved, helping us as we go. Amen.