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His Speech Is Smooth as Butter

June 17, 2018


His Speech Is Smooth as Butter

Human nature has not changed  over thousands  of years.     The problems King David faced  a thousand years before Christ was born  are just like the problems  God’s people face today.

Somebody,  who seemed to be  a close friend — somebody,  who claimed  to be a close friend,  simply was not a friend.     In Psalm 55,  David speaks  of the awful anguish and horror  the betrayal  of this false friend caused him  to suffer.    David could only wish  that he could fly away — just get away  from all that hurt  and overwhelming pain.

After describing his situation  in Psalm 55,  David ends his psalm  with verses 20-23,

My companion  attacks his friends;   
he violates  his covenant.   
His speech  is smooth as butter,   
yet war is  in his heart;   
his words  are more soothing  than oil,   
yet  they are drawn swords.  
Cast your cares  on the LORD   
and he will  sustain you;   
He will never  let the righteous fall.   
But you,  O God,  will bring down the wicked   
into the pit  of corruption;   
bloodthirsty  and deceitful men   
will not live out  half their days.   

But as for me,  I trust  in you.

In every betrayal,  one could say,  “His speech is  smooth as butter”.     David’s close friend only pretended  to be close  to David’s interests  and in close agreement  with David’s heartfelt feelings.     Discovered pretensions are painful to the very depths  of one’s soul.     In his emotional pain,  David described his betrayer  in verse 19 as,

men  who never change their ways   
and have no fear  of God.

David knew  that an honest person,  who declared a true friendship,  would be someone  who had respect  for the true God.     Everything a Godly person does  is done  with love for God  and respect  for the righteous ways  of our Lord — a love  for what is good,  right,  and true.     In His whole being,  God displays the very best  and closest friendship to us  that could ever be possible.     That is because  God is truth — and when He declares His love  for us  in Jesus Christ,  we can trust  that declaration of love.

But,  as David discovered,  not all people  can be trusted  as a true friend — no matter what they say.     That is why David’s heart  implores us  to “Cast your cares  on the LORD  and He will sustain you”.     Because God is a true friend  to all who look to Him,  we can trust  that He surely will not  let us fall.     God will bring down the wicked  to their just reward,  but all who trust  in the Lord  will be sustained  by His loving care  for all His children.     That is a promise.

In every circumstance  of this earthly life,  let us  “Cast your cares  on the LORD”.     When we turn  to the LORD  in repentance,  trust,  and faith,  He will surely “sustain you”.     No matter how badly  we are hurting,  we can be assured  that our Lord  will not let us fall,  but he will bring down the wicked  in His time  and in His way.

That is why David could end his psalm  with, “But as for me,  I trust  in You”.

Let us trust our LORD  in all our trials  and tribulations,  so that He will sustain us  and we will say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  we are sinners,  but we trust  in You  and Your promises  of forgiveness  in Christ Jesus.     Lead us  through this dark world  and keep us close  to You  in faithfulness and truth.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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