“His speech was smoother than butter, but his heart was war; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords. Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You.” (Psalm 55:21-23)
Cast your burden upon the Lord. Do you trust the Lord in all things and through all things? Yes, those in the world speak with smooth lips and they manipulate you to bring you away from trusting the Lord, but do not trust the one whose heart is against the ways of the Lord. Those who go the way of destruction plot their own doom. Those who seek the Lord will find His mercy and grace.
Lord this is a world filled with wickedness, yet also Your goodness is revealed every day. In a world filled with persuasive evils, help me to see the simplicity of the goodness You have spoken from the beginning. Guide me in Your ways, O Lord, that I would walk in them. Close my ears to the wickedness of the world, but open them to the sweetness of Your mercy and grace.
Jesus, my Savior, grace Incarnate, guide me in the way I should go and open my ears to hear Your Word when You speak. Grant that I may have a discerning heart to know when things are amiss. Lead me to be gracious to others as You are gracious to me. Help me understand more fully the Gospel way and live that way all the days of my life. Lead me, for You alone know what is needed. Amen.