(7 verses, :28 to read)
What I am about to READ
- This Psalm compares and contrasts the previous Psalm, 119. Psalm 119 spoke of the truth and light of God’s Word. This Psalm speaks of the deceit and darkness of an evil tongue.
- Vs. 1: an important beginning reflection on prayer, especially in distress, and our Lord’s answering of prayer
- vs. 2: A prayer of deliverance from harmful and deceitful tongues
- vs. 3-7: The Psalm speaks to the evil tongues in a prayer to God, what they deserve (vs. 4 especially answers that they deserve) and reflects on his wanderings and dwellings among those who desire war, while he speaks peace.
- While this Psalm seems most clearly to be praying against enemies of Christ’s Church and redeemed people, we must also recognize that there is a war going on within us, too. We have lips and tongues that are by nature lying and deceiving. We are often at war with God’s Word and will, while at the same time, we are at peace with God and His Word because we have heard that God is at peace with us through Christ.
- vs. 2 – For this reason, it is all that more important to recognize how the flesh and Satan work – by deceit. Deceit hides the evil underneath a good appearance. Deceit makes the good seem evil and damaging. Luther says deceit will, “bring in the poison under the honey.”
- Heavenly Father, protect me from deceit of any kind – deceitful tongues of your enemies, deceitful riches and cares of this world, and the deceit of Satan, my accuser. You have answered Satan’s deceit by declaring me righteous through the death of Your Son. You have answered the deceit and cares of this world by giving the word to “lay up treasures in heaven where moth and rust won’t destroy.” Send forth Your Word into this world as a sharp arrow (vs. 4) that puts to death all fleshly desires and brings to life Your Spirit and truth. Help me to treat my enemy as You have commanded me: “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals (vs. 4) on his head.”
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Pastor Christopher Stout