“Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.” Psalm 17.1
The psalmist uses a phrase here that is worthy of understanding. The last phrase in this verse is “give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.” Another translation reads like this: “Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.” If there is any characteristic that should be the trademark of a believer, it is that you can trust every word that is spoken. I like a quote from Abraham Lincoln. He said, “If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember what you said.” We CANNOT lie to God since He is all-knowing. We may try, but we are simply lying to ourselves, because He does know the truth.
It is not only in our prayer life that we must be honest with ourselves and God. We must be honest in every circumstance that arises. There is never a time when it is OK to “do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.” We may expect such behavior from politicians, but it is never acceptable for a Christ-follower. Somehow some of God’s children have fallen prey to “situational truth” – you know, “I said what the situation called for. You understand.” It doesn’t matter if I understand. I am not the one to worry about. God DOES NOT understand. When Jesus was questioning Peter in John 21, He asked him three different times, “Do you love me?” and each time Peter responded, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love you.” The final question brought a clearer answer from Peter. He said, “Lord, You know ALL things. You know that I love you.” Peter’s acknowledgement that the Lord knew ALL things must also be a reminder to us that the Lord knows ALL things. So, whether we are praying or simply conversing with others, our lips must never never speaks words of deceit. Let’s not give the world ANY REASON to question our Lord because of something WE have said with “lips of deceit.” Just my thoughts …