Greetings sis Reis, et al;
We enjoy the wisdom and insight of mr. Hawker on a daily basis. David laments his hasty assessment, but in reality he spoke the truth. All men do not endure and delight in lies at all times but the fact is that all are by nature liars and the one they lie to the most is themselves. May the LORD give us discernment in assessing the intentions of especially those who give indication of being brothers in CHRIST. Some are quite hasty in making men offenders for a word which, in their understanding, seems to be off the mark. We often desire to speak the truth, but due to weakness of mind and understanding we may miss the mark. The man is not alive who has not from time to time misled others. CHRIST alone is such a ONE. We read about HIM in this Psalm, /"Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity_, nor sworn deceitfully._" (Psa 24:3-4/) JESUS CHRIST is the WAY, the _TRUTH_, and the LIFE.
On 11/1/2022 2:30 PM, Soraya Reis wrote:
*I said in my haste, all men are liars." Psalm 116:11 *
*Hasty words, for the most part, are not wise words. But, as the apostle remarks, "Let God be true, and every man a liar." It should seem that this hasty expression of David was at a time when he was greatly afflicted. Alas! what exercises, for want of the proper use of them, in their sanctifying properties, are men brought into! But if, from long experience, the heart be led to a just conclusion, that man, in his best friendship, and best intention, is too fickle and helpless a creature to trust in, or depend upon; and from a full conviction of the hollow and deceitful nature of the human heart, the soul is led unto God in Christ, as the only stable and permanent security; thus changing the reeds of Egypt, for the Rock of Israel: here it becomes not the subject of haste, but the deliberate conclusion formed by grace, to consider every being fallacious but the faithful Jehovah. *
*My soul, take thy stand, this evening, under Jesus's banner: and though thou hast been deceived by man, yea, by every man; though thine own heart be deceitful, and desperately wicked, so much so, that though, since grace brought thee first acquainted with it, thou hast been making discoveries more and more, that have astonished thee, and thou hast not yet, nor ever will in this life get to the bottom in exploring the depths of deception; though the world and the great enemy of souls be all in league to deceive thee; yet shall not the whole of these deceivers prevail, nor separate thee from the love of Christ. Jesus will make thee more than conqueror through his grace supporting thee. As the armies in heaven, so his faithful upon earth, "overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and have loved not their lives unto death."*
*Robert Hawker (1753-1827) ***