June 02, 2023 – Friday
Psalm 31:18 NIV
18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
The book of Psalms does not seem to provide much action compared to many other books in the Old Testament. But a close reading reveals much more action than one might expect.
For instance, Psalm 31, a psalm of David, is 24 verses long and our verse of the day is in a section that begins with, 14 But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. 16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. 17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead. And then we have our verse of the day, 18 Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.
I am so glad I can say to our Heavenly Father, You are my God, just as David did. I also know My times are in His hands. And because of Jesus sacrifice I know I am saved by His unfailing love. In David’s time as in ours, the wicked were not (yet) put to shame, nor were they silent. Thus, David prays, Let their lying lips be silenced,because surely as in David’s time, it was as it is today with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous and righteousness.
Even Jesus had to deal with this. For instance, in Matthew 19 some Pharisees sought to test Him and asked, 3 Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason? His answer was straight out of the Old Testament, 4 Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
You might think that ended the discussion, but the Pharisees asked another question, 7 Why then, did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away? However, when Jesus answered this question, the questioning was over, 8 Jesus replied, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery. A bit of information without the certificate of divorce the woman could not remarry. So, Moses in mercy towards these women who were divorced for almost any trivial reason required these hard-hearted men to give them a certificate of divorce. Nonetheless, Jesus condemned the need for such a requirement with His final statement on the manner, 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.
Today, we see many who have an unspeakable pride and an incredible contempt when they speak with astonishing arrogance against what is known to be righteous. Now that might make a person feel defeated with all that is going on around us, but David remembered the goodness of God and that He is on control. David shows this in the next two verses, 19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. 20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues. We may not feel safe, but we are safe in the shelter of His presence.
Skipping two verses David finishes with the following exhortation, 23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. 24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Our hope is indeed in the Lord for He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins. And I believe Jesus died on the cross and rose on the third day. My hope is in Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit and then I am calmed.
Bottom Line: Terrible sins are ongoing. They always have been. They are more out in public now, but God remains in charge and that comforts me.
Prayer: Almighty God, Thank You David’s Psalms and for letting us know You are there for us. Help us to be patient and to always remember You are in charge. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Chapel of Dayton