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Psalm 55:20-21 (JDV)

Psalm 55:20 My friend acts violently against those at peace with him; he violates his covenant.
Psalm 55:21 His buttery words are smooth, but war is in his heart. His words are softer than oil, but they are drawn swords.

David describes his betraying “friend” as someone who had war in his heart, but pretended to be at peace. He spoke smooth words, softer than oil, but they were really drawn swords, intending David’s death.

I hope you never feel betrayal like that, but you might. It would do you well to follow David’s example and take the pain and sorrow you feel to God. He is the only one who can counter an attack with smooth swords.

Lord, give us the wisdom to respond to betrayal by coming to you for justice.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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