Psalm 12:3 ” May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, ‘We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips – who is our master?’ “

If you stop to consider what this verse says, it’s astonishing to think how destructive our lips are. They make up such a tiny part of our body, but boy can they get us into trouble. Our lips are the gateway to honesty or deception, and sadly, we can switch seamlessly between the two in a moment depending on who we’re with and the situation. And if it benefits us, we’ll stoop to excessive flattery without a shred of sincerity. But the funniest part of this verse is actually thinking that we own or lips and can mock God. A good example of this type of “big talk” is found in Psalm 73 where it says the arrogant scoff and speak malice…that pride is their necklace and that the evil conceit of their mind knows no limits. They may think they can swagger and boast that no one “owns” them…but little do they realize they are only mocking the One who “owns” everything, including them.

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