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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Psalms 141

Verses 1-10

In this song the influence of the external troubles upon the inner life of the singer is revealed. Throughout it breathes the spirit of fear lest the soul should be seduced from the attitude of whole-hearted loyalty to God. The peril most evidently threatening arises from the enticements of the ungodly; and the psalmist earnestly prays that he may be protected by Jehovah in speech and thought and action.

Without in so many words declaring so, the song clearly reveals the fact that the singer has be sorely tempted to turn aside to ways of ungodly men, to share their hospitality, and so escape their hostility. This peril is more subtle than that of the active opposition of these men, and in this distress he turns to God. This is his safety.

That he is able to say, “Mine eyes are unto Thee, O God the Lord,” is a revelation of the fact that his anchor still holds, not only against the fierce onslaught of enemies, but also against the insidious temptation to turn aside from path of rectitude in order to escape the vindictive opposition of his enemies. If the former psalm reveals the perils of foes without, this no less clearly deals with the danger of fears within.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Psalms 141". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/psalms-141.html. 1857-84.