To skip over the shortest Psalm would be foolishness. Psalm 117, the shortest psalm, surrounds Psalm 118 with Psalm 119, the longest one. Psalm 117 is directive, hopeful and praise worthy. In all the joys and druthers of life, God is worthy of praise. Considering the redemption found only in the Lord Jesus motivates thankfulness to praise Him. Worshipping Him motivates your heart to lift your eyes heavenward for hope. Singing transforms your life to praise instead of self-pity. Then we slide into Psalm 118 with so many wonderful life-transforming principles. The middle verse of the Bible Continue reading
Life is about trust. Trust in God’s character and word. Trust in relationships. Trust in family. Trust in the food we eat. We often take trust for granted, because what we hear seems plausible, the person who said it seems reliable, all things being equal, there seems to be no need to question it.
Who do you trust in politics? The spin machines are in overtime mode spinning the most twisted lies. There are a whole lot of people who believe them, so what’s the deal? Yet, there are a whole lot of people who don’t believe the twisted lies. Can you trust what you hear?
Sometimes people who have been trustworthy will say something. And it’s possible to believe what they say, so we take it at face value and believe it. We don’t hear a rebuttal or defense, so it must be true. Can you trust what you believe?
I’m not talking about biblical theology. I’m addressing what people say that causes problems in relationships. Can you trust what you believe?
Then we read Proverbs 18:17. That says we should be careful about what we hear. It says we might not be able to trust what we believe. It reads, “The first one to plead his cause seems right, until his neighbor comes and examines him.” Funny, how something can seem right, but when it’s examined, it’s not right. Why then do we believe the first account?
There are a multitude of reasons why we don’t examine what we hear or believe. We’re comfortable believing it. We’re not diligent to examine what is said. We have an agenda and want to believe what we hear. We don’t realize the first person has an agenda, so we don’t examine it. We think the person is normally trustworthy, so why examine him on this issue? We don’t want to face conflict, so we don’t examine. We don’t want to stir up conflict. We think the problem will just go away. We think people will forget and people will just get along. Shall I continue?
If Satan moved David to sin, is it possible for godly people today to do sinful things (cf. 1 Chron. 21:1)? If Jesus called Peter – “Satan” – is it possible for people to speak with a wrong motivation or to provide half truths to fit their agenda (cf. Matt. 16:21-23? If Peter questioned Ananias, “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” is it possible for Christians to also lie for their own purposes? If believers fall away from the truth and believe deceiving spirits can believers today believe what is not true (cf. 1 Tim. 4:1-3)? Did you ever twist the truth before your parents to get out of a jam? Have your children ever twisted the truth to a lie in order to escape punishment?
Let us flee from evil! Let us examine words that are spoken. Let us find out the reason why things happened for the sake of the holiness of God. THAT will honor the Lord. Can you trust what you believe?