The Psalm writer wrote: Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. As we come before a Holy God and hear his word, may we have eyes open to the wonderful and fearful things from his law. May it move us to repent and seek forgiveness, fear disobedience, and live in light of the grace we have received. This is the word of God. It is eternally true and applicable for all of life.
Proverbs 6:12-19 A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers; Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who spreads strife. Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
Our walk, or practice in life, could be said to be that manner of living which reveals the nature of our heart. The way in which we walk will tell people what kind of character we have. However, man is easily fooled. It is quite simple for us to portray a false image of ourselves to others, while having a practice in our hearts which runs contrary to Godly living. When God examines you, what would your walk reveal to Him? Proverbs 6:12 states:
“A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth.”
Walking with a perverse mouth is not merely the idea that someone speaks in a way that could be deemed profane, or vulgar, though that may be an element of it. A perverse mouth, at its base level, is one which speaks things in a crooked, or deceitful way. Some examples of crooked or deceitful speech may be: slander, gossip, flattery, refusing to let your yes be yes, or you no be no, bearing false witness. Always blunting or rounding off the edges of the truth. Little white lies. Jesus says in Matthew 15:18 “ But the things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.” These perversions of the truth when we speak to others are not wrong merely because the person being lied to is being deceived. Perverse speech is sinful because God is not a liar, and as image bearers of God, when we lie in our use of crooked speech, we call God a liar, which is blasphemous. The one who practices perverse speech, always uttering lies, always speaking in a way meant to deceive, is one who does the work of their father the devil, who is a liar.
The practice of deceitful speech reveals a heart which is in need of the washing of regeneration.
For the Christian, our prayer ought to echo David’s prayer in Psalm 19 where he said “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
As Christians, our heart's desire ought to be to speak the truth in all situations, as an act of love towards God and our neighbor.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ (Eph 4:14,15).
Pastors are to speak the truth of God’s Word, feeding the sheep what they need, not necessarily what they want or prefer. Husbands and fathers must speak the truth in their homes. In doing so they exalt Christ, Who is the way, the truth, and the life. Wives and mothers, speak the truth to your husbands and children. As a keeper at home, open your mouth in wisdom, with the teaching of kindness on your tongue. Children, honor your father and mother. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Tell your parents the truth in all matters, rather than what you think they want to hear.
If you are able, let us kneel together at this time and confess our sins to a Holy God Who is merciful and just to forgive us for our deceitful, crooked tongues.
Heavenly Father, we come into your throne room this morning seeking more of Your mercy and grace. We come before you confidently, because we know that our Redeemer lives. Jesus, our great High Priest, Your Son, makes intercession for us, and we are grateful. Father, our sins are ever before you, and are oftentimes as high as the heavens themselves. We stumble in many things, with deceitful speech being one of the easiest to which we succumb. We believe that since we are able to fool those around us with our crooked language, then surely we can fool You. But we forget that You know our hearts, that they are deceitful and wicked. Father, please forgive us of our sins against You. Help us to remember that in the multitude of our words, sin is not lacking. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Listen now to the comforting assurance of the grace of God, promised in the gospel to all that believe:
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
To all those who thus repent and seek Jesus Christ for their salvation, your sins are forgiven in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Lift up your hearts!
(From the 9/29/19 liturgy of Sovereign King Church written by Aaron Sabie.)