David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 12)

“The King will rejoice in God;

and boast, will all who swear by him;

for the mouth will be shut of all who speak a lie.”

(Psalm 63:12 {Psalm 63:11 in English Bibles})

 

And David, who is the rightful king of Israel, will rejoice in God (even in the midst of having to flee for his life) because God will shut the mouths of the liars—God will vindicate David’s name and bring to shame those who would seek to speak ill of him.  What an amazing statement!  David is saying that because God is who he is, that he has no fear.  Even in the situation he is in, where people are seeking his life and his kingdom, that David is entirely confident that God will bring truth to the surface and will bring an end to the lies that are being spoken about him. 

Beloved, were it that we could only have such faith!  That we could walk with such confidence as to know that God will stop the mouths of those who lie about us.  Yet, friends, we can because God will!  How often do we respond to lies about us by angrily confronting the liars?  How often do we drop everything that we are doing just to focus our energies on “restoring our good name?”  Loved ones, do not misunderstand me, a good name is an important part of your Christian witness, but do you not think that God will restore your good name for you?  Do you not think that God is able to put an end to false talk about you?  If you believe that God will do this and that he is able to do so, why do you fret and panic about the lies of the enemy so?

Loved ones, you are held in the hand of the one who is the very definition of truth and righteousness—pursue His truth and righteousness and the lies of the enemy will be shown for what they are.  As our Lord, himself said:

Blessed are you when they reproach you, persecute you, and say evil and lies of you because of me. Rejoice and Exalt!  For your reward is great in heaven.  For thus they persecuted the prophets who came before you.”

(Matthew 5:11-12)

Beloved, let our lives sing and boast of the one we serve, for what other god is like our God?  None!  No not one!

I will sing of my Redeemer, and his wondrous love to me:

On the cruel cross he suffered, from the curse to set me free.

Sing, O sing of my Redeemer!

With his blood, he purchased me;

On the cross he sealed my pardon,

Paid the debit and made me free.

-Philip Bliss

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