Upward Look: War In His Heart
By Mae Stallard
“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.” (Psalm 55:21)
Have you ever been betrayed by a friend, a person whom you trusted with your innermost secrets and dreams. You were devastated when you discovered that he had betrayed your confidence and did not seem bothered that he had hurt you very badly.
If this has been your experience, you will be able to identify with the feelings expressed by David when that happened to him. If it had been an enemy who had betrayed him, he could have endured it. But when his friend, a trusted companion whom he had traveled to church with, and shared so much confidential information with, hurt him, it was very difficult.
The man who had claimed to be the psalmist’s friend violated the covenant he had made. Although the words that came from his mouth were smoother than butter, he had war in his heart. His words were more soothing than oil, but they were ready to wound. He could not be trusted, and the Lord will bring them down to the pit of destruction. (vs. 23)
We must avoid those who act like they are our friends outwardly, but say and do things that hurt us. They prove by their actions that they are not true friends. They are like the man described by the psalmist, and surely need the help of the Lord in becoming the kind of friend who “sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
The Psalmist was very hurt,
By a man whom he called friend,
Who proved to be an enemy,
And caused him such pain within.
We may have the same experience,
And if so we should pray,
That God will help that individual,
To quickly change his way.
Dear Lord, Help me to be the kind of friend who will not bring hurt to someone who trusts me. In Jesus name I pray. A-men.
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