“1 I call upon you, O LORD; come quickly to me;
give ear to my voice when I call to you.
2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not turn my heart to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with those who work iniquity;
do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5 Let the righteous strike me;
let the faithful correct me.
Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.
6 When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,
then they shall learn that my words were pleasant.
7 Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land,
so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.
8 But my eyes are turned toward you, O GOD, my Lord;
in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
9 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I alone escape.” NRSV
There are a lot of false prophets in our world. There are many adherents spewing forth the false prophecies of the false prophets. The invasiveness of these “mouthpieces of false prophecies” feels, at times, inescapable. However, the presence of false prophets is not a new thing. It’s actually a very old thing. In our reading this morning, the Psalmist is issuing a warning to guard against the false prophets by keeping one’s eyes turned to God.
The acute nature of this problem today comes by way of social media and its ability to amplify the voices, opinions, and false prophecies of just about anyone. It was not all that long ago that the audience of these false prophets would have been limited to the passers-by on the street corner where they made their claims. Not anymore.
I choose to heed the advice of the Psalmist and keep my eyes turned and my heart tuned to God. I pray you do too.
Be a blessing to someone today!