We have been given shoes to protect our feet from the path and gave girded our loins with strength. We are safe to face what the physical world may bring and it gives us great joy but our real danger is not from loss of life, it is from loss of contact with the source of the life that comes from within. The armour we are putting on is necessary to keep us safe while we are doing our Fatherís work on this earth and it protects us from all perils. This lesson is about lies and protection of the heart.
58. The Fate of Lies
So, you think you know what words to use, my friends?
Do you know what the truth is, children?
In your hearts there is trouble, the earth can feel your violence.
Itís been there since you were born, this desire to tell lies.
Itís a poison like youíd find in a viper.
Like a deaf adder that cannot be charmed, it does not change.
Break the teeth in their mouths, O God,
Break out the lions great teeth, O Lord.
Let them melt away like running water,
When they are ready to harm, cut them in pieces.
Like a snail that melts in the sun, let them all pass away,
Like an untimely birth that may not see the sun.
Before they can cook up more trouble,
They will be swept away and feel Godís wrath.
The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance,
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
A man will be able to say there is a reward for good work,
And there is a God that judges in the earth.
Is it okay to tell a little white lie every now and then? It's hard to tell the truth all the time: it's not sociable or polite, it doesn't grease the wheels of commerce or show your willingness to compromise. Psalm 58 is an answer to that old problem. If we know the nature of lies and the fate that awaits them we shall be better equipped to deal the desire to tell them.
Trouble and violence are bound to to their nature but it is not in lying that the evil comes. It is the desire to tell lies that is the root of the problem; just as money is not the root of evil, but the desire for money that corrupts (1Ti 6:10). What is the gain and what is the cost? We lie for gain, for vanity, for advantage or money. We may get those things but the price is steep; the ability to know what is true. Here in this lesson is the breastplate of righteousness to guard our hearts from the desire for gain through lying.
We already have everything we need and so we can dare to wear this perilous protection from our own impulses. If we can master the lies within we will see clearly what is Truth. It is dangerous because it displays our lies as it uncovers all others and there is no room for compromise. We are still free to be gracious in speech but we feel the pangs of our flattery and ask for forgiveness.