1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. 2 Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 3 What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? 4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. 5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! 6 Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
* God answers us when we cry out to him in times of trouble.
* There are consequences for being deceitful and telling lies.
* The inhabitants of Meshech and Kedar were haters of the Lord . Unlike the Psalmist, these folk were bent on war rather than peace.
The gem in this Psalm is the first verse. We serve a God who hears us when we cry out to him. Not only does he hear but he answers! This is both comforting and reassuring ie. we are not alone, we are heard and help is at hand. This Scripture encourages me to confidently take my troubles to the Lord.
The psalmist, probably David, also speaks of his dislike of living amongst those who do not love the Lord. How he earnestly desires peace yet when he speaks of it those around him want to fight. I can sympathise with this in terms of sharing and living out my faith in that it can sometimes be confronting for those that don’t believe in Jesus. It can push buttons for people!
Dear God, thank you that you hear and rescue us in times of distress. Amen.
Written by Ainslie Woods