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Upward Look: They speak not peace

By Mae Stallard

April 11, 2014

“For they speak not peace, but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.” (Psalm 35:20)


As one looks at the life of David, the one whom God said was “a man after mine own heart.” (Acts 13:22) we can see that he experienced all the problems that are common to man in teh world in which we live. David often sought the help of the Lord when his enemies were giving him a hard time. He trusted the Lord to be his guide and stay, his refuge from the storms of life.


In this particular situation, he begged God not to let his enemies gloat over him without cause, nor hate him without reason. They did not speak peaceably, but devised false accusations against those who lived quietly in the land.


Could this not be the prayer of many in our world today? We have only to look about, or read our daily newspaper to find accounts of people who are being mistreated and abused although all they want is to live peaceably with their neighbors. There always seem to be people who cannot stand to see someone minding their own business and living a quiet lifestyle.


The Lord wants us to live at peace with each other, to “love our neighbor as ourself.” (Mark 12:31) When we do this, the Lord is pleased.


Poem


When we have an enemy,


Things do not go right.


For they may falsely accuse us,


And we need to talk to God about our plight.


He wants us to live at peace,


With our fellow men,


For that will be pleasing in His sight,


And to do otherwise is sin.


Prayer:


Dear Father, Please help us to dwell in peace among our friends and neighbors, and may we never be guilty of falsely accusing them of some wrongdoing. In Jesus name we pray. A-men.