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But They Deceived Him With Their Mouth

November 21, 2015

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But  They Deceived Him  With Their Mouth

Even  as adults,  people can act  like spoiled rotten children.     When they want favors  from the LORD God,  they will be all kissy, kissy  and worship  the LORD  with false praises.     But,  when they get want they want,  they will rapidly  and eagerly  go back  to their sins.

Then,  in love,  the LORD needs  to severely discipline them  in order  to bring them back  to their senses.     This scenario is repeated generation  after generation  —  and repeatedly  in a single life.     In Psalm 78,  Asaph reviews  the history  of the Israelites,  which is the same  as the history  of many Christians.     Then,  in Psalm 78:34-39,  he points out,

When He killed them,  then they sought Him,
And returned  and searched diligently  for God;
And they remembered  that God  was their rock,
And the Most High God  their Redeemer.             

But  they deceived Him  with their mouth
And lied  to Him  with their tongue,
For  their heart  was not steadfast  toward Him,
Nor were they faithful  in His covenant.               

But He,  being compassionate,  forgave  their iniquity  and did not destroy them;
And often  He restrained  His anger
And did not  arouse  all His wrath.             

Thus  He remembered  that they were  but flesh,
A wind  that passes  and does not return.

Oh my.      Does this describe us today?     Do we need  God’s severest discipline  to wake us up  to a remembrance  of His holy being  as our Creator  and Redeemer?     Do we really want  to deceive  the LORD  with our mouths,  so we can get  the relief  we so sorely need?

That’s shameful.     Because the LORD  has faithfully remained  “compassionate”  towards all  of our failings,  we need  to repent  and turn our lives over  to Him.

Then,  in an honest,  humble praise,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for your compassion.     Grant us  a steadfast faith  that does not deny You  in any way.”

Love,
Margaret

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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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