Verse of the Week | Psalm 141:4

​Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. – Psalm 141:4

The other morning, I read this verse in my study of Psalms. I thought it was a superb metaphor – eating treats compared with “indulging” in a sin. However, it wasn’t until later that the verse’s application to my current situation occurred to me.

Recently, I’ve been in a circumstance that I don’t particularly like because of a person I don’t particularly like. In this situation, the other person is in the wrong. But there’s a difference between telling someone about the circumstances so that they can help, and just whining to myself about how terrible it is.

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. – James 3:14-16

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. – Proverbs 17:9

I’ve felt myself doing that more than once without consciously wanting to. A list begins to form in my brain with all the bad things about this person, which doesn’t help anything whatsoever. It just makes me more upset. I don’t want to become bitter towards this person, I want to resolve the situation; therefore, constantly mulling over stuff that makes me mad is not right.

That’s where this verse comes in, especially the last phrase. I don’t want to keep working myself up over this, even thought it may feel good at the time. I don’t want to eat those “dainties.” They will end up giving me indigestion.

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. – Ephesians 4:26-27

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, KJV

What “dainties” are you tempted by?
Do you find yourself building up anger?

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Homer Les says:

    Remember that every conflict is an opportunity for us to see ‘self’ and repent of it. As you are making lists in your head that is ‘self’ being fueled by satan. Each time you feel that bring it before Jesus and repent. Remember He is working with your heart first and foremost. We cannot change others but we can allow Jesus to change us and our perspective. When we allow Him to do that we find that the situation changes.

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  2. A wise friend told me once to pray for a person who frustrated me. It helped me to feel more understanding toward the person and stop grumbling about them.

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      1. It truly helped transform my attitude toward that person!

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  3. Yes, it’s very easy to get worked up over something someone does. It isn’t fruitful but it’s easy. You are on the right path, and your Mom gave you the best advice. Pray for them 🙂 it will help them AND as God is so gracious, it will help you too. 🙂

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    1. I will pray for this person. Thanks for the encouragement!

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      1. I have prayed for you too my friend, it doesn’t feel good to have that conflicting feeling. And will keep thanking God for hearing and answering our prayers 🙂

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  4. Praying for those who raise our blood pressure is always a good thing; I have more than one in my own family! But I have also been counseled that if situations and relationships exist which continually wear me down, no matter what I try, in those cases it is okay to walk away from the tension and the person, continue to pray for him/her, and leave it in God’s hands.

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