Scripture: Psalm 55:20 My companion laid hands on a friend
and violated a covenant with me 21 with speech smoother than butter, but with a heart set on war; with words that were softer than oil, but in fact were drawn swords.
Observation: Yesterday’s passage described the psalmist’ lament regarding betrayal by a dear friend. Today we read HOW that betrayal occurred. Among other things it was a verbal deception “words that were softer than oil, but in fact were drawn swords”. It’s the image of one who greets you with a warm smile and friendly embrace – while sticking a knife in your back.
Application: When I read this passage my mind immediately goes to memories of those who have done this to me. Betrayal by a friend is the worst. However this morning the Lord is bringing to mind ways that I may have have betrayed others. Intentionally or not. Truth is, I’m not innocent in this. I’m not proud of it, but there are times when I’ve deceived. Betrayed. At the very least I’ve let people down.
In the Lord’s Prayer we pray “Forgive us our sins… as we forgive those who sin against us.” There is a connection between being forgiven and forgiving others. When I confess my own sin and brokenness to the Lord, there is a spirit of humility that takes hold of me. As I receive mercy from the Lord for my own shortcomings, I also receive grace to extend forgiveness to others. It’s a beautiful virtuous cycle that blesses everyone.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, how can I withhold forgiveness from others when you’ve been so merciful to me? Yet, truth is, it’s not easy. I still struggle. Let your spirit of humility take hold in my life, O Lord. Amen.