Help, LORD, for no faithful one remains; the loyal have disappeared from the human race. They lie to one another; they speak with flattering lips and deceptive hearts. The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times (vs. 1–2, 6).
In music the effect of double-tonguing is delightful. In life, it is devastating and cruel. James tells us that “no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (3:8), The music industry is notorious for it’s hype and it’s manipulation of people. Since the art form of music is so subjective and since aesthetic taste is so personal, relationships between people are very important. Unfortunately, positive, healthy relationships can easily degenerate into negative, unhealthy “politics.”
The untamed tongue of Psalm 12 lies, flatters, deceives, and boasts. Empty talk, smooth talk, and double-talk take the place of satisfying communication; and deceit and manipulation rule. I’m amazed at how deceitful my own heart is. As I read Crabb’s The Marriage Builder, I see how often I use manipulation for my own ends in our marriage. Often I don’t even realize it! By nature I am unaware of my own deceitfulness.
In stark contrast stand the flawless and pure words of the Lord, a wealth of silver refined in God’s crucible.
I want my life to be permeated with God’s words, not marked by an uncontrollable tongue. If I’m controlled by the Spirit, I won’t manipulate people. I will minister to them. And I will experience fullness in place of emptiness, wholeness in place of fragmentation, and fellowship in place of loneliness.
Help me, Lord, to minister to people rather than manipulate them.