Life and Death in the Tongue

Psalm 21:11 

‘Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.’

It’s remarkable when we read about King David’s enemies and their planning and plotting to see him destroyed, yet his enemies never understood that King David was God’s anointed and was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). 

They also didn’t pay attention to the curse upon those who cursed the seed of Abraham (Genesis 12:3), in addition to a warning not to harm God’s anointed (1 Chronicles 16:22). 

Double woah!

Regardless of David’s failings, he was a noble man at heart and He trusted in the Lord even when many foolishly rallied together and waged war against him. 

Psalm 13:13,18  ‘For I hear the whispering of many— terror on every side!— as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life….Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.’

The very same thing happened to our Lord Jesus, the Messiah. He was surrounded by wolves who lied with pride and contempt in their heart. They hated the truth and they all had their own motive for joining together and deceiving not only their own hearts, but each other as well. 

They were false witnesses with lying lips and crucified the Lord for an offence He did not commit. Jesus was completely blameless, whereas David had some error on his part, but regardless of this, both Jesus and David were victorious over the enemy and both were beloved. 

The Lord forgave David of his sin because he repented and had a contrite heart. Through all his turmoil, David held onto the fact that vindication would come. David was surrounded by these wolves (Psalm 118:11), just as our Lord was (John 18:3), but victory was guaranteed for them both. 

Psalm 31:23-24  ‘Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!’

Today, we see the very same thing happening. We see those who run about from house to house, gossiping and slandering His beloved saints - even joking about their downfall and longing to see evil come upon them. They long to see tragedy strike the life of the one they despise and see them fall in ashes...looking and watching to see them crash and burn. Even more shamefully, this is the heart of many apparent Christian converts. They love to gather together to plan and to plot, as well as to share stories and build upon each other’s lies, even deceiving themselves and believing their own tales. 

I believe many professing Christians in the church today would crucify Jesus, if given the opportunity. In fact, they actually do already when they do evil against their brother - just as Jesus accused Paul of persecuting Him when he was persecuting Christians (Acts 9:4). When you wage war against your brother, you wage war against God. The truth is, those who do this evil don’t know God (1 John 4:20).

The lies spoken against Jesus were ridiculous, grossly inconceivable and were not even remotely believable. Not even Pontius Pilate could understand why they hated Jesus so much. His persecutors were filled with so much pride and hatred, they could not see straight. They were blind and naked and couldn’t even see their own shame. They hated the truth and were filled with rage that blinded their own eyes. 

The Bible records that Jesus did not vindicate Himself (Matthew 27:14), nor did David vindicate himself (Psalm 26:1). They knew and trusted in the fact that the day of vindication was coming and their enemies, due to their unrepentance, would face God for what they had done (Psalm 31:23). Their day of shame and nakedness would come for all to see and the same is true today (1 Timothy 5:24, Luke 12:2). They think they have gotten away with it...but they have not. Not one detail and not even one word has escaped the Lord’s ear and for this, they will give an account on the soon coming Judgement Day (Matthew 12:36). But I tell you, they will even suffer greatly before this day arrives. There is no joy or peace to be found in ungodliness. 

In summary, how does this apply to us today?

To the one who is being slandered about, lied about, gossiped about or you have suffered from those who are devising mischief, whispering and murmuring …. Trust in this reliable saying. ‘Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.’ Psalm 21:11

To the one who is slandering, lying, gossiping, devising mischief, whispering, murmuring… Trust in this reliable saying. ‘The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.’ Psalm 31:23.

Repentance, forgiveness and love are the way to life. 

One last word…..

Proverbs 6:16-19

‘There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.’

Jezebel, a woman who came against God’s anointed, killing many prophets and even conspiring by having two men bear false witness against a man to claim his vineyard, was even accusing God’s anointed with her very last words (2 Kings 9:31). Shortly after, she died a gruesome death. The Lord decreed that, ‘‘In the territory of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel, and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as dung on the face of the field in the territory of Jezreel, so that no one can say, This is Jezebel.’” 2 Kings 9:36-37.

Not long before this she was threatening Prophet Elijah, but her words never came to pass. The Lord honoured Elijah and shamed Jezebel, even after her death. 

Those with the spirit of Jezebel will seek to destroy the righteous and will suffer a terrifying demise. 

But don’t believe me, believe Jesus. He said in Matthew 12:33-37  “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

We have been warned in the Word. I pray that the Lord will remove blinders from our eyes so that we see the damage caused by our fallen sin nature, and make it right.

- Judah Ayling