Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words, That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
This psalm of David alludes to the coup attempt made by his son, Absalom, and the smear campaign that he waged against his father. David writes of the poisonous tongues of men he had been the target of and the damage they had sought to inflict upon him with their words, uttered in secret from afar off. The entire psalm tells us how he handled it and what the Lord promised to do on his behalf.
Evil speech, back-biting, and slander whispered in the ears of others are tools of the enemy. God warns His own against participating in them. We must resist the Devil, the father of lies, for Satan’s greatest weapon in attacking the church often arises from within. In fact, sowing discord amongst the brethren is one of seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19). Unfortunately for some, it has become their pastime — talking about others, finding faults and dividing, whispers, and self-righteousness. But in so doing, we become a tool of Satan participating in what God hates. Help us Lord to be delivered from evil speakers and from evil speech.
Does what you say glorify Him?
Pastor Jack Abeelen