Skip to main content

Psalm 120:1 - 2, 6 - 7

I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.

Save me, Lord from lying lips and from deceitful tongues…

… Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. (NIV)


Have you every been confronted for hypocrisy? What did you feel and how did you respond to it?

Many years ago on a mission trip, I was asked by one of the leaders who came with me what I thought about my country. This was a trigger topic and so I started ranting and complaining about the poor administration, the apparent discriminations and lack of freedom. At the end of these rants, the leader looked me in the eye with sadness and said, “You better repent! You are a Christian leader and ought to love your neighbours. How is it that you hate the country that the Lord has placed you in?”

Being confront by truth (in love) was never comfortable especially when it revealed my deep-rooted hypocrisy. I have professed my love for God and people often, but when I was asked about my country, all I had to say were hurtful, bitter and resentful words. Oh, how the Holy Spirit rebuked me that day and all I could say was: Save me, Lord from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.

The Psalms today is a prayer of repentance and for deliverance. The Psalmist came to realize of his own hypocrisy and out of his deep distress called out to God for deliverance from the pending wrath. He recognizes that “God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble” (Pro. 3:34; Ja. 4:6), and so implores to God for mercy in a form of deliverance from “lying lips and deceitful tongues.” He sought for divine help for a personal transformation (reformation). He also recognized that he had been among people who hated peace, though himself was for peace, all he had to say from his heart was war and violence. Jesus did say that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mat. 12:34; Pro. 10:11). Thus, it was his words that revealed his hypocrisies; and it is our words that will reveal ours.

Perhaps the Lord is reminding you of your hypocrisies. Perhaps, while you spoke to others about forgiving others you are harbouring unforgiveness in your heart. Or you have been telling people not be judgmental but you are secretly despising a fellow believer. Today, we can learn from the Psalm by turning to God in sincere repentance. Let us confess our hypocrisies and seek the Holy Spirit to bring transformation in our lives that will glorify the Father!

I pray that we will be saved from our hypocrisies. The Lord be with you.

(Take time to journal and pray on what the Holy Spirit may be revealing to you through today’s devotion.)


Popular posts from this blog

The Danger of Spiritual Infancy (Hebrews 5:11 - 6:12)

Have you met people who refuse to grow up? There are some adults who prefer to remain as children because they do not want to take on adult responsibilities. Not only is immature behaviour unpleasant to observe or deal with, the consequences are often destructive. In Hebrews 5:11-14, the writer expresses his frustration that some members of the church were refusing to grow into spiritual maturity. They were no longer trying to understand God’s word (v 11). Instead of taking on the responsibility of teaching others as they themselves had been taught, they needed to be taught the basics all over again (v12). Therefore, they were unable to take on “solid food” which is for mature Christians, and they were not able to distinguish good from evil (v14) or to understand teaching about righteousness (v13). Spiritual maturity is a necessary part of our walk with God. Remaining as a spiritual infant means that you are not good at discerning right from wrong and you will have a hard time maintain

A prophet prophesies and the church fully obeys (Acts 11:27- 12:4)

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul. 12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. 2 He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. 3 When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. 4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. When Jewish believers from Cyprus (Europe) and Cyrene (Liby

THE BLESSINGS OF HIS NAME (Numbers 6:22 - 27

I find this interesting because I remember listening to Pastor Betty’s message for 2021, and it was on the same Benediction Blessing verses. And today’s Scripture reading is exactly the same, and I am sure the Holy Spirit wants to remind us of “The Blessings of His Name” for 2022. Today, our mobile phones are loaded with New Year wishes, TV and radio personalities wish into microphones and cameras – we hear them from so many different sources. Carefully note what God tells us: “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them, The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; The LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace.’ So, they will put My name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:23-27) In this way, God places His all-important NAME on us, His people. A comparison would be that of signing on a cheque. An unsigned check is void and worthless until the owner ‘s “name” has been pl