A psalm of David
“I call upon you!
Come quickly to me!
Give ear to my voice
When I call to you!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you!
I lift up my hands as an evening sacrifice!”
Psalm 141 is a psalm of David as indicated in the title. Once again this is a direct appeal to Yahweh, asking for help to defeat his enemies. David called upon Yahweh to hurry up and hear his voice. He wanted his prayer to be like that of incense at the evening prayer with his lifted hands. This thus assumes a fixed liturgical worship service.
“My soul clings to the dust.
Revive me according to your word!
When I told of my ways,
You answered me.
Teach me your statutes.
Make me understand the way of your precepts.
I will meditate on your wondrous works.
My soul melts away for sorrow.
Strengthen me according to your word!
Put false ways far from me!
Graciously teach me your law!
I have chosen the way of faithfulness.
I set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your decrees.
Let me not be put to shame!
I will run in the way of your commandments.
You enlarge my understanding!”
This psalmist prays to Yahweh. He wanted to be revived by Yahweh since he had formerly answered his prayers. He wanted to know more about the statutes. Apparently the statutes were difficult things to learn. He was going to meditate on the these decrees so that he might better understand the wondrous works of Yahweh. He wanted to stay away from false ways. He wanted to be faithful as he clung to these decrees. He did not want to be put to shame. He was seeking a better understanding of the commandments. This section on the fourth consonant letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Dalet, ends with this plea.
To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of the Sons of Korah
You were favorable to your land!
You restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people.
You pardoned all their sin.”
Psalm 85 is another in the choral psalms of the Korahites, the Temple singers. This prayer to Yahweh thanks him for being favorable to the land of Jacob. Yahweh had restored the fortunes of Jacob, thus indicating a return from captivity. Yahweh has forgotten their iniquities. He has pardoned their sins. This section ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.