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You Love All Words That Devour

January 19, 2015

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You Love  All Words  That Devour

There are all kinds  of people  in this world.     As we observe the world news  —  politics  —  and even our local area  —  we see those  who love  to destroy others  with their words.     Maybe they feel a sense  of power  in using their words  to destroy others.     Although “words  that devour”  seem  to be rampant  these days,  they are not  a new thing.

King David experienced  the brutality  of  “words  that devour”.     He was running away  from King Saul,  who was trying  to kill him.     The whole story is told  in 1 Samuel 21:1 – 1 Samuel 22:23.     There we see  that one  of King Saul’s chief shepherds,  Doeg,  saw David  getting refreshments  from a priest  of the LORD  at the place of worship.     Then when King Saul  was trying  to get information  from his men  regarding the whereabouts  of David,  1 Samuel 22:9-10 records,

Then Doeg  the Edomite,  who was standing  by the servants  of Saul,  said,  “I saw  the son  of Jesse coming  to Nob,  to Ahimelech  the son of Ahitub.     He inquired  of the Lord  for him,  gave him provisions,  and gave him  the sword  of Goliath the Philistine.”

That bit of information  led Saul  to hate the priest,  Ahimelech,  for helping David.     Consequently, King Saul told his men  to kill Ahimelech  and all the priests  with him.     They wouldn’t do it,  so King Saul told Doeg  to kill them.     Doeg then killed Ahimelech  and eighty-five other priests.     Then he went on  to kill  “both men  and women,  children  and infants;  also oxen,  donkeys,  and sheep”  in the city  of Nob  where the priests lived.

Doeg the Edomite  loved his words  that had the power  to “devour”  those who were innocent.

David was in anguish  when he heard  the report  of the slaughter.     David wrote Psalm 52  to describe Doeg’s deceit  and evil nature.    Verses 1-4 read,

Why  do you boast  in evil,  O mighty man?
The lovingkindness  of God  endures all day long.
Your tongue  devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor,  O worker  of deceit.
You love evil  more than good,
Falsehood  more than speaking  what is right.   Selah.
You love all words  that devour,
O deceitful tongue.

This Psalm also describes  how God will surely judge  and destroy all  who  “love all words  that devour”.     We see many innocent people today  suffering  from the evil  “words  that devour”  that are spewed out  by the godless.     In our sadness,  we can be assured  that the LORD  will surely judge them  for all eternity.     Evil will never  have the final victory  because  “The lovingkindness  of God  endures all day long.”

Let us also watch  our own tongues,  faith,  and love.

In our trust  and thanks  for the LORD’s righteousness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your eternal salvation  of all those  who look  to You  in faith.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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